On 27th August, Ahmed Noorani on an unknown website accused Lt. General Asim Saleem Bajwa (retd) of corruption. Asim Bajwa is currently working as the chairman of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and a special assistant to the Prime Minister.
According to the report published by Ahmed Noorani,
Asim Bajwa’s brothers, wife, and two sons “own a business empire which set up 99 companies in four countries, including a pizza franchise with 133 restaurants worth an estimated $39.9 million.”
As per the report, out of 99 Bajwa’s companies, 66 are the main companies, 33 are the branches of some of the main companies however, five of them are dead.
“The Bajwa family’s companies spent an estimated $52.2 million to develop their businesses and $14.5 million to purchase properties in the United States, while Asim Bajwa and his department were encouraging Pakistanis to invest within their relatively undeveloped country,” said the report.
However, today in a statement Asim Bajwa rebutted all the allegations made by Ahmed Noorani and uploaded pictures of his statement on his Twitter account. Bajwa tweeted,
“I strongly rebut the baseless allegations leveled against me and my family. Alhamdolillah another attempt to damage our reputation belied/exposed. I have and will always serve Pakistan with pride and dignity.”
I strongly rebut the baseless allegations levelled against me and my family.Alhamdolillah another attempt to damage our reputation belied/exposed.I have and will always serve Pakistan with pride and dignity. pic.twitter.com/j185UoGhx1
— Asim Saleem Bajwa (@AsimSBajwa) September 3, 2020
It should be mentioned here that Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Shibli Faraz said that Lt Gen (retd) Asim Saleem Bajwa will issue a clarification on news reports regarding his assets.
Faraz, in a statement on Twitter, said that he had spoken with Bajwa, who will issue a clarification “in detail” about his assets in a few days.