Prime Minister Imran Khan has refused to accept Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information Asim Saleem Bajwa’s resignation on Saturday, telling him to carry on as his aide.
According to the Prime Minister’s Office, retired Lt Gen Bajwa forwarded his resignation to the prime minister today which the premier rejected.
The prime minister was quoted as saying that he was satisfied with the clarification that Bajwa had provided in response to a published article on his assets.
The former head of the military’s media wing had revealed in a conversation that he would hand in his resignation to the prime minister on Friday.
Bajwa said he would request the premier to relieve him of his duties as his special assistant on information.
The retired lieutenant general said that he would continue his work as Chairman China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Authority.
Talking about CPEC’s importance, he had also said that the premier’s priority is the corridor “and I believe as well that this project is the country’s future”.
“I hope that the prime minister will allow me to concentrate all my focus on CPEC,” he added.
‘Materially false news spread with view to malign my reputation’The announcement came after a strong rebuttal to allegations raised against retired Lt Gen Bajwa in a news broken on an “unknown website” on August 27 by journalist Ahmed Noorani.
Bajwa on Thursday “vehemently denied as incorrect and false” all allegations.
The four-page rebuttal to the accusations, was posted to Twitter by retired Lt Gen Bajwa, along with the following statement: “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.”