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PML-N leader Ahsan Iqbal arrested by NAB in sports complex corruption case

PML-N leader Ahsan Iqbal arrested by NAB in sports complex corruption case

Senior PML-N leader Ahsan Iqbal was arrested by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Monday from the anti-corruption watchdog's Rawalpindi chapter's office where he had appeared to record his statement in the case regarding alleged corruption in Narowal Sports City (NSC) Project.

According to a statement, NAB also called in a team of doctors for Iqbal's medical assessment. He will be produced before an accountability court tomorrow, where NAB will ask for his physical remand.

Iqbal is accused of using funds of the federal government and the Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) for a sports city being established in Narowal — a multi-million project.

The PML-N leader had said he had submitted documents related to his income and expenditures to Rawalpindi NAB. The opposition leader had already replied to a questionnaire given to him by the bureau in connection with the same case.

He claimed that he had nothing to do with the case as the project had been launched in 2009 during the PPP government when he was not a federal minister.

He said that before Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) came to power, the project of NSC was 90 per cent complete, but the present government had turned it into ruins.

"In fact NAB should take those people to task who are responsible for the destruction of a national asset [NSC]," he added.

The PML-N leader said that when he became a federal minister, the NSC project was in the doldrums and like many other stalled projects, the PML-N government revived it and took it to near completion.

He said that the AstroTurf (artificial grass) was imported for the ground in the sports city. It was to be laid within six months.

"The present government stalled the project and did not place AstroTurf. As a result, the artificial grass has become useless."

This is a developing story that is being updated as the situation evolves. Initial reports in the media can sometimes be inaccurate. We will strive to ensure timeliness and accuracy by relying on credible sources such as concerned, qualified authorities and our staff reporters.

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