By Irum Saleem
Retired Gen (retd) Asim Saleem Bajwa, the special assistant to the prime minister on information and CPEC, has come up with denial of allegations of possessing huge assets leveled against him by former Jang group reporter Ahmad Noorani and this clarification set the social media pouring with thousands of tweets mostly in favour of the retired general.
Thursday’s popular top trends were — Asim Bajwa vs Noorani with 8,500 and 5, 000 tweets respectively.
Commenting on Bajwa’s six-page clarification, know journalist Ziauddin tweeted: “On the face of it Lt. Gen (retd.) Asim has not contradicted Noorani’s story. He has actually confirmed most of it but defended the investments as not being illegal. Hope he is right.”
On the face of it Lt. Gen (retd.) Asim has not contradicted Noorani’s story. He has actually confirmed most of it but defended the investments as not being illegal. Hope he is right.— Muhammad Ziauddin (@MuhammadZiauddi) September 3, 2020
One Shahzadi wrote: “@AsimSBajwa Sir you should file a defamation case against Noorani and many liberal baghairats of geo channel. #عاصم_باجوہ_سرخرو”
In his rebuttal note Bajwa writes on his Twitter feed:
“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,” he wrote on the popular microblogging site. All of the allegations – including the one that his brothers’ business in the United States and its growth is relatable to his promotion in the Pakistan Army – are materially false”.
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
He further said in June this year when he had declared his assets as SAPM his wife was neither an investor nor a shareholder in any business, including that of his brothers.
“My wife had disinvested all her interests at 1/6/2020 in any entity abroad and such fact has been duly documented in the official records in the USA. The purpose of the news item is to malign my reputation “if one looks at actual figures without any prejudice”.
About his brothers’ businesses, Bajwa said the Bajco Global Management, LLC doesn’t own any company as it is just a management company which provides services to all Bajco-related businesses on a fee basis.
“Bajco Global Management, LLC does not have any ownership interest in any Papa John’s in the US, DQ and UAE or in any real estate.”
About the businesses owned by his children he said teh private firm — Scion Builders and Estate — which is also registered with Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) had never done any business and dormant since its formation.
“My son who owns 50 perent share in Himalaya (PVT) Ltd is a very small firm and during the last three years it made a nominal profit of only Rs500,000.”
Senior journalist Mariana Babar said:
“So now when IA all papers will be carrying rebuttal of @AsimSBajwa will be allowed in strictly professional sense allowed to carry original story of @Ahmad_Noorani ? I mean what are we rebutting, the reader has every right to ask.”
So now when IA all papers will be carrying rebuttal of @AsimSBajwa will be allowed in strictly professional sense allowed to carry original story of @Ahmad_Noorani ? I mean what are we rebutting, the reader has every right to ask.— Mariana Baabar (@MarianaBaabar) September 3, 2020
So let’s see Gen R Bajwa files a defamation case against Noorani and ‘his sponsors’ or not. — Pak Destiny
#عاصم_باجوہ_سرخرو— 🐦 Red Bird ✌️🇵🇰 (@Boycott_Norway) September 3, 2020
Asim Bajwa conquer every field. Your press conference in line of control or an operation in swat and Malakand. His achievements of Pakistan against the terrorists are iron. He has proudly raised the head of the nation on every field and is doing still today. pic.twitter.com/2Zo4Scd1Gk
The one thing we learn from General Asim Bajwa's press release is that his sons are terrible at doing business. #dormantcompanies— Ammar Ali Jan (@ammaralijan) September 3, 2020