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PM Imran Avoids Accepting Asim Bajwa’s Resignation

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ISLAMABAD– Prime Minister Imran Khan didn’t accept the resignation of his special assistant on information and broadcasting lieutenant general (retired) Asim Bajwa and asked him to retain his position.

The reasoning for this is that Bajwa did not resign on the basis on allegations that his family had set up 99 companies in four countries, including a pizza franchise with 133 restaurants. He has denied the allegations levelled in the FactFocus story.

Previously, two members of PM Khan’s cabinet–Babar Awan and Azam Swati–resigned after cases were filed against them.

In an interview with ARY News on ThursdayBajwa said he would present his resignation to PM Khan. He said that he would, however, retain the post of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Authority chairman.

I wish to pay my full attention to CPEC projects, Bajwa said. CPEC projects are the future of Pakistan, he said.

FactFocus also claimed that his wife is a “shareholder” in at least 86 companies. Of them, 71 were set up in the US, seven in the UAE and four in Canada. Bajwa has rejected the story on his family’s assets as “incorrect” and “false”.

In his statement shared on Twitter, Bajwa said all the adverse insinuations levelled in the news item were “materially false”.