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Asim Bajwa steps down as SAPM on information and broadcasting

Asim Bajwa SAPM

Retired Lieutenant General Asim Saleem Bajwa announced that he is resigning from Special Assistant on the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Information and Broadcasting (SAPM).

The CPEC Chairman tweeted, “I requested the honourable Prime Minister to relinquish me from the additional portfolio of SAPM on Info & broadcasting. He very kindly approved my request.”

However, the retired General will continue to work as the chairman of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Authority.

Last month, the CPEC Chairman (R) Lt Gen Bajwa announced to step down as the Special Assistant to Pakistan’s premier on September 4, but then the Prime Minister refused to accept his letter of resignation. Prime Minister Imran Khan said that he is satisfied with the clarification Asim Bajwa presented on his assets and directed him to continue his work by his side as SAPM.

The previous resignation was put after an allegation was made by the Fact Focus website regarding Bajwa’s assets beyond income. Asim Bajwa, however, rebutted the exposé piece and put out detailed clarification in his tweet.

Ahmad Noorani revealed Bajwa empire

A journalist Ahmad Noorani disclosed a detailed investigation story that concluded that during his military tenure, Bajwa and his family started investing in foreign countries and made millions by using his post. The businesses of the Bajwa family through different companies were named as Bajco Group.

According to Noorani, the Bajwa family’s companies spent an estimated $52.2 million to grow their businesses and $14.5 million to acquire assets in the United States, while Retired General Asim Bajwa and his department were encouraging Pakistanis to invest within their comparatively undeveloped country.

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