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IHC dismisses Narowal Sports City corruption case against Ahsan Iqbal

05:54 PM | 21 Sep, 2022
IHC dismisses Narowal Sports City corruption case against Ahsan Iqbal
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ISLAMABAD – The Islamabad High Court (Wednesday) dropped a corruption case related to construction of Narowal Sports City against PML-N leader and Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal as National Accountability Bureau (NAB) failed to submit valid evidence against him.

The anti-graft buster initiated a corruption case against the 63-year-old politician in 2018, a day after the project was inaugurated the then president Mamnoon Hussain. He was also arrested in 2019 while an accountability court indicted him in 2020.

NAB had been claimed that the minister for planning, development, and special initiatives illegally started the project of Rs3 billion in Narowal which caused a loss worth billions to the national exchequer.

Iqbal misused his authority by illegally enhancing the scope of the project from Rs34.75 million to Rs2,994 million approximately, the anti-corruption watchdog alleged.

However, the PML-N stalwart had always denied all the allegations and had moved ICH to have the graft reference against him dismissed.

During today’s hearing, IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah also reprimanded the NAB prosecutor for not presenting solid evidence against the political leader in the case.

When the prosecutor told court the project had benefited the people in Ahsan Iqbal’s constituency, the chief justice remarked if it is crime to benefit the constituents.

After hearing the arguments, the high court dropped the corruption case against Ahsan Iqbal over lack of evidence against him. 

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Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - PKR to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 21 April 2024

Pakistani currency remains unchanged against US Dollar and other currencies on April 21, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

Euro stands at 293 for buying and 296 for selling while British Pound hovers at 342.25 for buying, and 345.65 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.20 and Saudi Riyal's new rate was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 21 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.5
Euro EUR 293 296
UK Pound Sterling GBP 342.5 346
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.55 748.55
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.47 38.87
Danish Krone DKK 39.78 40.18
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.53 35.88
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.11 912.11
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.08 58.68
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.22 166.22
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.61 25.91
Omani Riyal OMR 723.2 731.2
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.45 77.15
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
Swedish Korona SEK 25.31 25.61
Swiss Franc CHF 305.47 307.97
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.71

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