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Charges of corruption in CPEC project: PML-N leader dares govt to form

July 28, 2020

ISLAMABAD: PML-N leader Ahsan Iqbal and Federal Minister for Communication Murad Saeed came face to face in the National Assembly on Monday, as the former challenged the government to constitute a JIT to prove corruption charges in the CPEC project against him.

Responding to the allegations against him, the PML-N leader said the minister had been leveling false allegations against him in the House of elected representatives. He said the minister accused him of minting Rs50 billion commission in the CPEC project but so far, no JIT had been constituted even after passage of two years.

“I challenge them to constitute a JIT whether it comprises members from the ISI, IB or any other agency,” Ahsan Iqbal said. He said the PTI government was taking credit of projects like Dir-Chakdara Motorway which were already part of CPEC, while Dera Ismail Khan-Zhob Motorway which was to be completed in 2018 would now be completed in 2020.

Ahsan Iqbal said had he taken commission in CPEC project, may Almighty Allah destroy his generations. Murad Saeed in response said he was stuck to his claims that Ahsan Iqbal took Rs50 billion commission.

“The court dismissed against for not pursuance but I will not allow you to escape,” he said. He requested the speaker to direct presentation of Loans Commission report which would also reveal name of Javed Sadiq as front man of Shahbaz Sharif.

He questioned as to how Dir-Chakdara project, which was signed by him, was started by the PML-N Government. He also contradicted claims of Ahsan Iqbal that Dir-Chakdara project was included in PSDP for the fiscal year 2016-17.

“I still ask the question as to why the cost of project of Multan-Sukkur Motorway was enhanced from Rs242 billion to Rs292 billion,” the minister said, adding that a case against Ahsan Iqbal had still not ended.

On that, Ahsan Iqbal said he felt that Murad Saeed understood the language which was used by Abdul Qadar Patel. “I simply said that I will invite curse from Almighty Allah if corruption of even Rs5 is proved against me,” he said.He said the PTI government was failing on the economic front for leveling fake charges.