Murad Saeed accuses Ahsan Iqbal of massive corruption


–Ahsan Iqbal says ‘answers to all questions raised by minister are in ECNEC summary’


ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Communications and Postal Services Murad Saeed Thursday leveled corruption allegations worth billions of rupees against Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Secretary General Ahsan Iqbal.

The federal minister said the time has come for Ahsan Iqbal to get worried. He claimed that projects were awarded to the contractors who sent money to fake bank accounts, and vowed to bring forth details of the loans that were taken in the past by his ministry.

Murad Saeed claimed that no major projects were launched during the last 10 years, and informed that their audit is being held.

“Corruption of Rs50 billion was done in one project. Rs430 crores have been recovered and the process is ongoing. The cases that are being interrogated by the National Accountability bureau will also be forwarded to the commission.

“The revenue of the National Highway Authority (NHA) has been increased by Rs11.5 billion and austerity measures have been taken upon Prime Minister Imran Khan’s directions.

“I am not using any official car and not taking salary of the additional charge that I hold. Prime Minister Imran Khan is fighting our war against the corrupt elements who looted the country in the past.”


Commenting on Saeed’s allegations, Ahsan Iqbal said the incumbent government has taken Rs5,000 billion loans and it should include its own loans in the inquiry commission.

Talking to a private news channel, Iqbal said that answers to all questions of Murad are in the ECNEC summary.

He said in 2013, a Chinese firm made feasibility report without any charges and in 2015 the CPEC agreement was signed. He said the contract was awarded to one of the three companies listed by China.

He said the PML-N has no answers to these questions and Chinese government has already rejected these baseless allegations. He said Murad Saeed should question the Chinese government over the award of contract to Javed Sadiq’s company.

He further said that Multan-Sukkur motorway is a part of CPEC and cost of the project increased due to increase in length of motorway. He said cost increased by Rs50 billion because many new projects were added and that the Chinese government was supervising these projects.