–PML-N says NAB has no evidence against senior party leader
ISLAMABAD: An accountability court in Islamabad on Monday granted the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) 13-day physical remand of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Ahsan Iqbal in a case pertaining to alleged corruption in the Narowal Sports City project.
Accountability court judge Mohammed Bashir, who presided over the proceeding, ordered to produce Iqbal on Jan 6.
Speaking to the media before the hearing, Iqbal said: “I accept the punishment if I am being punished for speaking out in favor of the death sentence handed to [former president] General (retd) Pervez Musharraf [in the high treason case]”.
“I accept the punishment if I was arrested for fulfilling my promises to the people of Pakistan. But, if by arresting me they think they can stop me from speaking out against [Prime Minister] Imran Ahmed Niazi, that is not acceptable [for me].”
A day earlier, Iqbal was arrested by the Bureau from its Rawalpindi office where he had appeared to record his statement in the aforesaid case.
NAB has accused Iqbal of using funds from the federal government and the Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) for the multi-billion-rupee sports city being established in Narowal — his hometown.
The former minister had earlier said he had submitted documents related to his income and expenditures to NAB. The opposition leader had already replied to a questionnaire given to him by the bureau in connection with the same case.
PML-N CRIES FOUL
Addressing the media outside the accountability court, party spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb said that “the soldiers of Nawaz Sharif, who are standing up for the rights of the people, are being arrested one by one”.
“They [proceedings] are being conducted without a shred of evidence. NAB itself has said that there is no evidence of any kickback or commission,” she said, adding: “Today when Ahsan Iqbal was presented before the court, NAB did not have any evidence against him.”
“Iqbal fulfilled the promises made to Nawaz Sharif, the promises made to the people of Narowal. He didn’t go back on his claims like our ‘U-turn’ prime minister. PML-N is being prosecuted for fulfilling the promises made to the people,” she added.