Pakistani journalist Ahmad Noorani published an investigative report on the fast-growing business of Asim Saleem Bajwa and his family on a website called Fact Focus.
Shortly after the report was published, Asim Bajwa denied all the allegations in a tweet.
What does the report say?
The report said that before 2002, Asim Saleem Bajwa had no business in the name of his wife, sons and brothers. But that began to change when he became a staff officer for former Pakistani president and former army chief Pervez Musharraf. Ahmad Noorani writes in his report that Asim Bajwa’s wife has invested in the United States, the United Arab Emirates and Canada, although he has stated in the details of his assets that he and his wife have no investment outside Pakistan. Is.
Ahmad Noorani says Asim Bajwa’s son started a mining company when Bajwa was the commander of the Southern Command in Balochistan. In Pakistan, his brother, who is a doctor by profession, also started the Labor and Manpower Supply Company in the same period. In the report, Ahmad Noorani further said that Asim Bajwa’s family members, including his wife, own Bajko Telecom and Fast Telecom. These companies are not registered with the SECP but are very dynamic companies.
Ahmed Noorani claims in his report that he tried to contact Asim Bajwa several times during the investigation report to provide him with financial records of these companies but he did not respond to Ahmed Noorani. Ahmed Nawarni also says that when Asim Bajwa was the head of the Southern Command of Balochistan, his family invested ten million dollars in the United States. In this report, Ahmed Nawarani raises the question of how it all started. Where did so much money come from to open and invest in companies and why Asim Bajwa remained silent despite efforts to contact him for three weeks.
In support of Asim Bajwa, another former general of the Pakistan Army
After the publication of this report of Ahmad Noorani, Asim Bajwa completely rejected this report on Twitter. DW also tried to contact him but could not be reached. However, in this regard, DW spoke to Major General (retd) Ijaz Awan. He says, “Asim Saleem Bajwa is a very honest and virtuous man. He is being targeted only because he is the chairman of the C-Pac Authority and is working hard on C-Pac, which is not to the liking of some countries in the region and beyond. So they are backing some elements in Pakistan so that they can play the role of people like Bajwa and obstruct C-Pak. “
He further said that such allegations were leveled not only against Asim Saleem Bajwa but also against other generals. Should also be seen in the context of the US-China trade war and the intentions of India’s and Afghanistan’s spy agencies, which want to weaken the Pakistan Army. They know that this is the strongest force in the country, which has kept Pakistan in check and as long as it is strong, no fire can come on the country. ”
On the same subject, retired General Amjad Shoaib said, “It seems that the PML-N is behind this campaign and it is imperative that when it comes to talking against the army, foreign agencies take advantage of it.” Noorani is behind people like that. This is my own opinion because the history of PML-N is the history of army opposition. Didn’t Nawaz say why we went to Mumbai and carried out the blasts? Who did Don Lex and now he has brought these baseless allegations against Asim Saleem Bajwa and his only purpose is to defame the army.
He told DW that he had spoken to Asim Saleem. “Asim Saleem Bajwa said that his two brothers had gone to the United States more than 25 years ago, where he worked as a laborer and later started a business. ۔ He has nothing to do with this business and neither does his son, who went there to study. All the allegations against him are baseless and such allegations include Gul Bukhari, who is a supporter of the PML, Galali Ismail is part of the anti-army PTM and others while Hussain Haqqani backed him. Is. The PML-N is doing this because they were against the C-Pak authority and were giving contracts to their servants. Now everything in C-Pack Authority is open and transparent. That’s why they are in pain. “
Asim Bajwa’s alleged assets and social media
Since the report was published, Pakistani social media users have been debating its support and opposition.
Many users seem to be asking the question whether there will be an investigation against a retired general of Pakistan’s powerful army after this report came to light. Consumers supporting General Bajwa, on the other hand, are calling the report and subsequent questions “alleged Indian propaganda” against the country’s military and C-Pak.
Rejecting the report, the former Pakistani army general tweeted, “A propaganda story against me and my family was published on an unknown website, which is strongly denied.”
A malicious propaganda story published on an unknown site, against me and my family, (just uploaded on social media)is strongly rebutted
— Asim Saleem Bajwa (@AsimSBajwa) August 27, 2020
In response to the same tweet, PPP leader Farhatullah Babar wrote, “General Sahib, sorry. It is okay to reject the report, but as a public official, one line of denial is not enough. ”
Pakistani researcher Ayesha Siddique wrote, “It would be better if he (Asim Bajwa) now gives details of all his assets, whether they are legally in his name or not. It is better to be presented in Parliament. ”
If children named their mother in their businesses then it is not something that Lt Gen (Rtrd) A S Bajwa should be accountable for.
— Abdul Karim (@NotJustBrowsing) August 27, 2020
Galali Ismail wrote, “Imran Khan contested the election on the statement of eradication of corruption, will he now ask Asim Bajwa for a money trial?”
A user named Ashfaq Khan wrote, “Everyone should be held accountable. Asim Bajwa should also be held accountable but those who are currently talking about filing a reference against Asim Bajwa and asking for money trail are actually anti-Pakistan forces and anti-Pakistan elements. ”
احتساب سب کا ھونا چاھیے عاصم باجوہ کا بھی ھونا چاھیے لیکن جو لوگ اس وقت عاصم باجوہ کے خلاف ریفرنس داٸر کرنے اور منی ٹریل مانگنے کی بات کرتے ہیں وہ دراصل افواج پاکستان اور پاکستان مخالف عناصر ہیں یہ ھمیشہ سے اس تاک میں رہتے ہیں کہ بات کا کیسے بتنگڑ بنایا جاۓ https://t.co/ASkFKHtWmX
— Ashfaq Khan (@drmashfaq321) August 28, 2020
So far, thousands of tweets have been made using hashtags like #BajwaLeaks and #asimbajwaourpride. According to some users, complaints are being made about the lack of access to the website that publishes the report in Pakistan, while users are also sharing the link of the report with other websites.