Ahsan Iqbal indicted in Narowal Sports City reference
PML-N leader pleads not guilty: Objects to legality of case: Says fake cases are character assassination designed for pressuring opposition
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An accountability court in Islamabad indicted PML-N Secretary-General Ahsan Iqbal in the Narowal Sports City reference as the accused pleaded not guilty to the charges, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Tuesday.
During the hearing, Ahsan Iqbal, before his indictment, raised his objections over the process and said a judge first needed to ascertain whether there was even the case or not. “A judge does not speak only after listening to the prosecution,” he added.
However, Asghar Ali – the accountability court judge – stopped him from arguing and said, “They are not sitting here for hearing such things.”
“Submit an application if you want to or talk through your lawyer,” said the judge who went on with the indictment. “We are saying this after looking into the presented record that prima facie there is a case,” he noted.
It was Jahangir Jadoon who represented Ahsan Iqbal after his original lawyer Tariq Mehmood Jahangiri’s name was approved by the Parliamentary Committee on Judges’ Appointment along with that Babar Sattar for the Islamabad High Court.
As Jadoon argued whether it was inscribed on their forehead that the case was genuine, the judge remarked that the court could not announce a verdict without reaching a decision and evidence would be checked before that.
Later, the hearing was adjourned till January 12 with the court directing the NAB to present its eyewitnesses on that day.
Talking to the media outside the court, the PML-N senior leader said that the bogus references were aimed at character assassination and exerting pressure on the opposition.
He demanded the Chief Justice of Pakistan to order the airing of all political cases live on TV so that the people could understand how fake the accountability process of Imran Khan Niazi was.
Noting that the Narowal Sports City has turned into ruins, he said cases were formulated against them a person who pressured the CDA officials to regularise Imran’s Bani Gala residence after bulldozing hundreds of houses of the poor.
Ahsan questioned how and why establishing the sports complex in Narowal has become a crime and again reminded the reporters that the project was approved way back in 2009.
The road linking Gwadar with Quetta was incomplete for the last 25 years but the PML-N had executed the project and installed power units generating 11,000 megawatts of electricity, he listed the achievement of his party.