Two top trends — BajwaLeaks and GameChanger_Gen Asim — dominate Pakistan social media after multi-million dollars assets story about Gen Asim Bajwa appears in unknown website, Gen Bajwa terms it ‘malicious propaganda against him and family’, rebuts all allegations

Two top trends -- BajwaLeaks and GameChanger_Gen Asim -- dominate Pakistan social media after multi-million dollars assets story about Gen Asim Bajwa appears in unknown website, Gen Bajwa terms it 'malicious propaganda against him and family',  rebuts all allegations

By Nazim Malik

( There are two top trends on social media in Pakistan on — BajwaLeaks and GameChanger Gen Asim Bajwa on Friday. And why is so. It is because of former The News journalist Ahmed Noorani ran a story about the assets of Asim Bajwa on a news website. The story got viral on social media and became a top trend.

Interestingly both supporters and detractors of Bajwa had a duel on the digital platform. His detractors were taking on him on him on social media titled “BajwaLeaks” and his supporters initiated the counter trend “GameChanger Gen Asim Bajwa”.

Thousands of tweets exchanged on both sides and still the battle us going on. Gen Asim Bajwa tweeted in response to assets story against him. He said: “A malicious propaganda story published on an unknown site, against me and my family, (just uploaded on social media)is strongly rebutted.”

Regarding CPEC conspiracy, Noshi Gilani wrote: “Whilst the CPEC Progress is in full swing in Pakistan,its not difficult to recognise the enemies of the soil right now Plotting against Asim Bajwa who is excellently leading CPEC projects clearly means a heinous conspiracy against development of Pakistan #GameChanger_AsimBaj.”

On the other hand, Ahmed Noorani story tittled “BAJWA FAMILY BUSINESS EMPIRE GREW IN FOUR COUNTRIES IN SYNC WITH ASIM BAJWA’S RISE IN MILITARY POLITICS” says that Asim declared on oath his wife has no ‘business capital outside Pakistan’ The growth of the Bajwa family’s business empire in the United States and later in Pakistan directly matches the rise in power of retired general Asim Saleem Bajwa, who is now chairman of the country’s massive China-financed infrastructure project and a special assistant to the prime minister. Asim Bajwa’s younger brothers opened their first Papa John’s pizza restaurant in 2002, the year he went to work for General Pervez Musharraf as a lieutenant colonel on the military dictator’s staff. Nadeem Bajwa, 53, who started as a delivery driver for the pizza restaurant franchise, his brothers and Asim Bajwa’s wife and sons now 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. Out of total 99 companies, 66 are main companies, 33 companies are branch companies of some of the main companies while five companies are dead now. 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.

“The businesses of the Bajwa family through different companies were named as Bajco Group. “Asim Bajwa’s sons joined the Bajco Group companies in 2015 and also started establishing new companies independent of the Bajco Group in Pakistan and in the United States after he became director general of ISPR and commander of the Southern Command.

Noorani’s story further says that ‘s wife was a shareholder in all the foreign businesses from the very beginning. At present, Asim’s wife, Farrukh Zeba, is associated with or is a shareholder in 85 companies including 82 foreign companies (71 in United States, seven in UAE and four in Canada). The records of US state governments and other records related to companies show that some of these American companies (all jointly owned by Asim’s wife Farrukh Zeba) also have investments in real estate sector and own some thirteen commercial properties in the United States including two shopping centers. Estimated current net worth of businesses and properties of these companies jointly owned by Farrukh Zeba stands at $52.7 million.

Noorani alleges that in his declaration of assets and liabilities signed in June as special assistant to Prime Minister Imran Khan, Asim Bajwa declared an investment of $18,468 (rupees 3.1 million) in his wife’s name. Asim declared that he and his wife have no “Immovable Property Held outside Pakistan”. Asim also categorically declared that neither he nor his wife have any “Business Capital outside Pakistan”. If in his declaration, Asim wanted to declare his wife’s investments in United States by writing Rs3.1 million in the column of “Investments”, he could never have written word “NIL” in the specific column “Business Capital Outside Pakistan”. Asim Bajwa, 57, is also now the chairman of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.”

It is like that retired Gen Asim Bajwa takes Noorani to court for defaming him and hurting the cause of CPEC. — Pak Destiny


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