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Sunday, May 19, 2024

NAB Denies Initiating Probe Against Ahsan Iqbal

NAB, in a clarification of media reports regarding probe against Ahsan Iqbal, issued a statement saying no inquiry has been launched against PMLN MPA and no one person has the authority to do so. NAB further cautioned media outlets to stay wary of fake news.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) denied the claims of initiating an inquiry against PML-N’s MNA, Ahsan Iqbal in a case related to assets beyond known sources of income. NAB issued a press release clarifying that no new probe has been initiated by accountability watchdog.

NAB’s clarification further explained that inquiry can only be authorized in NAB’s Executive Board Meeting (EBM) after due diligence and collective wisdom as per law.

The accountability watchdog further requested the media to verify every news before publishing and to confirm any NAB related news with NAB spokesperson.

Ahsan Iqbal, in a tweet, blamed the PTI government to be behind such attempts to malign him and the Opposition parties in Pakistan.

Ahsan Iqbal Case

A few days back several media outlets aired news that National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has approved inquiry against Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) General Secretary Ahsan Iqbal over assets beyond income allegations.

Media reports suggested that the anti-corruption watchdog’s Rawalpindi bureau has been directed to immediately launch an investigation into the matter.

It is to be mentioned here that the former interior minister was also summoned over his alleged involvement in the misappropriation of government funds in Narowal Sports City Complex.

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Iqbal was accused of illegally initiating the project of Rs3 billion in Narowal and causing a loss of billions of rupees to the national exchequer. It was also revealed that Pakistan Sports Board had exceeded its authority in the construction of the Narowal Sports City Complex.

NAB Current Cases 

NAB is currently working on 179 mega corruption cases lodged against the industrialists, traders, senior bureaucrats and prominent politicians, including the former prime minister Nawaz Sharif (case under investigation), Punjab Chief Minster Shahbaz Sharif (case under investigation), ex-president Asif Ali Zardari (case under trial), former prime ministers Yousuf Raza Gilani and Raja Pervez Ashraf (cases under trial), former federal minister Dr Asim Hussain (a case under trial and two others under investigation), former prime minister Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain (case under investigation), ex-CM Punjab Chaudhry Pervez Elahi (case under investigation), former chief minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Amir Haider Khan Hoti (case under investigation), former chief minister of Balochistan Aslam Raisani, (inquiry under progress) former communication minister Arbab Jahangir and his wife Begum Asma Arbab (case under investigation), MPA Asif Nakai (case under investigation), MNA Syed Iftikhar Shah (case under investigation), former minister Murid Kazim (case under investigation), former chairmen of NICL Ayaz Khan and Javed Akram (case under trail) and former chairman of Evacuee Trust Property Asif Hashim (case under inquiry).