ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz leader Ahsan Iqbal has allegedly failed to give satisfactory answers of National Accountability Bureau Investigation team during probe into the Narowal Sports City Project scam, The Nation has learnt reliably.

Well-placed sources told the NAB team asked questions about the project cast and why the previous government chose only Narowal for this project.  The team also asked how the cost of the project increased from Rs300 million to Rs3 billion. Iqbal replied that the people of Narowal needed such kind of sports project, adding cost of mega projects always fluctuate across the world.

When Ahsan started counting mega projects executed in the previous PML-N government, the NAB team also asked him to give relevant answer of any question.

Iqbal had appeared before NAB team on last Wednesday at NAB Rawalpindi and recorded his statement in this case. Last year, NAB Chairman Justice (Retd) Javeed Iqbal had ordered the NAB Rawalpindi bureau to initiate inquiry into the alleged misappropriation of government funds in the construction of the Narowal Sports City Project (NSCP). 

NAB Rawalpindi issued the call up notice to Ahsan last week. According to the notice, the NAB summoned the PML-N leader to appear on last Wednesday at the NAB Rawalpindi for recording of his statement in the reference.  According to the PSDP 2018-19 report, the cost of the project was Rs2.9 billion and Rs2.5 billion had already been spent. The funds allocated were then spent through the Sports Board of Pakistan (PSB) and the Ministry of Sports had devolved after the 18th constitutional amendment and it was provincial subject.

The complainant raised the question that there was no need to build this mega project near Indian border and in a small city of Narowal. According to media reports, Ahsan Iqbal criticised the motives of NAB and questioned its actions against the leadership of opposition party PML-N.