Asim Bajwa quits as Imran Khan’s adviser, to proceed as CPEC Authority chief

Asim Bajwa quits as Imran Khan’s adviser, to continue as CPEC Authority chief

Lt Gen Asim Saleem Bajwa (retd) introduced his resignation as Particular Assistant to the Pakistan Prime Minister on Data and Broadcasting after Prime Minister Imran Khan accepted his resignation following a corruption scandal. He’ll, nevertheless, proceed to move the CPEC (China Pakistan Financial Hall) Authority.

“I requested the honourable Prime Minister to relinquish me from the extra portfolio of particular assistant to the PM on info & broadcasting. He very kindly authorized my request,” he tweeted.

Asim Bajwa will proceed to work as chairman of the China-Pakistan Financial Hall Authority or the formidable CPEC undertaking.

Asim Bajwa had put in his papers to Prime Minister Imran Khan final month after the enormity of his household’s property got here to mild. In line with studies, his household’s property have grown disproportionately within the time he was within the Pakistan Military. His household additionally owns and runs Bajco in the USA that owns Papa John’s pizzeria retailers in lots of US states.

There was widespread outrage on Pakistani social media after journalist Ahmed Noorani printed an article claiming that Asim Saleem Bajwa used his affect and energy to arrange offshore companies that had been on paper led by his spouse, sons and brothers.

Bajwa then resigned from one place and held on to the extra highly effective and profitable place within the CPEC Authority. He denied the allegations and mentioned he may show the supply of all his property.

DAMNING REPORT

In line with Ahmed Noorani’s investigations, Asim Bajwa’s brother Nadeem labored as a pizza supply man for Papa John’s within the US in 2002, when Asim Bajwa started working with Basic Pervez Musharraf as a lieutenant colonel. As we speak, Asim Bajwa’s brother owns 133 Papa John’s eating places and is price 40 million {dollars}.

Since Bajwa’s rise within the navy, his household’s empire rose in 4 nations as their 99 corporations expanded. Bajco spent over 50 million {dollars} to broaden and it included 14.5 million {dollars} price property in the USA.

The Bajwa household, based on Noorani’s report, has enterprise pursuits within the US, Canada, the UAE and Europe. Asim Bajwa’s spouse Farrukh Zeba part-owns 13 buying centres within the US and her property alone are price $52.7 million.

THE OUTLIAR

Early this 12 months, Lt Gen Asim Saleem Bajwa was trolled on social media for undervaluing his property within the identify of transparency. When senior aides of Imran Khan had been requested to declare their property, Asim Bajwa declared that he had a 2016 mannequin Toyota Land Cruiser price Rs 30 lakh Pakistani rupees.

However then one other Imran Khan aide Sayed Bukhari, in his declaration, mentioned he had a 2012 mannequin Land Cruiser price 2 crore Pakistani rupees. That is a distinction of 19.7 crore rupees.

This made Pakistanis giggle and remorse on the identical time over the truth that Armymen, serving and retired, get away with something whereas civilians, together with former Prime Ministers and Presidents, are in jail or in exile for disproportionate property.

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