The Islamabad High Court (IHC) issued a comprehensive verdict on Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Ahsan Iqbal’s acquittal in the Narowal Sports City reference on Saturday.
The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) was found to have overstepped its bounds when it filed a case of abuse of power against Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal, according to the comprehensive verdict announced on Saturday.
The judgment additionally indicated that Iqbal was not involved in any corrupt activity and that the accusations of power abuse were unfounded.
The court further stated that no evidence had been offered that would have supported the detention of the PML-N leader. Fraud, bribery, and cheating are all closely related to corruption; however bad the abuse of power may be, it does not constitute corruption.
The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) charged Iqbal with abusing his position of power in the reference submitted in November 2020 by sponsoring the Narowal Sports City project in his district and improperly expanding its budget from Rs34.75 million to Rs3 billion.
Iqbal was detained by NAB for two months after his arrest in December 2019.