‘Misleading, blatant lies’: Pakistan army rejects claims about Gen Bajwa, family’s assets

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s military on Sunday denied media reports that family members and relatives of outgoing general Qamar Javed Bajwa had become billionaires during his six-year tenure, calling them “” misleading” and based on “blatant and malicious lies”.
General Bajwa, 61, is scheduled to retire on November 29 after being extended for a further three years.
According to a report published by the website FactFocus, the alleged tax records of General Bajwa’s family, the current market value of the military chief’s assets and known business activities, both within and outside Pakistan, amounting to Rs 12.7 billion.
The Pakistani military finally broke its silence on Sunday, days after the government led by Shehbaz Sharif opened an investigation and suspended two officers for their involvement in the leaking of General Bajwa’s tax records. and his family members.
The Pakistani Army’s communications arm, Inter-Services Public Relations, said misleading data on the assets of Army Chief Gen Bajwa and his family were shared on social media and the same data based on on assumptions that have been exaggeratedly presented on different platforms.
“It is completely untrue and based on blatant lies and malice,” the statement read, adding that the assets of General Bajwa, his wife and the rest of his family had been lost. filed with the Federal Revenue Council.
A “false impression” was given that these properties were purchased by the father-in-law of General Bajwa’s son during his six-year tenure, it said.
The military chief and his family regularly file taxes, the statement said.
“Like all citizens, the military commander and his family are accountable to the tax authorities for their assets,” the statement added.
The website FactFocus, which describes itself as a “Pakistan-based digital media news organization working on data-driven investigative news stories,” shared the stolen asset manifests. allegations made by General Bajwa and his family from 2013 to 2021 on his page.
The report claims that the assets of General Bajwa’s wife, Ayesha Amjad, increased from zero in 2016 to Rs 2.2 billion (declared and identified) within 6 years.
It said the amount did not include residential plots, commercial plots and homes donated by the Army to her husband.
The report also alleges that the total declared asset value of Mahnoor Sabir (General Bajwa’s daughter-in-law) increased from 0 last week of October 2018 to Rs 1,271 million on November 2, 2018, while the Mahnoor’s sister Hamna Naseer’s estate went from zero in 2016 to “billions” in 2017.
Furthermore, the tax returns of Sabir Hameed – the father-in-law of his son who commands the army – were less than a million in 2013 but “in the coming years he became a billionaire,” the website claims.
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar ordered an investigation after tax and property details of General Bajwa family members were published online by the website.
Pakistani Prime Minister Sharif on Thursday selected Lieutenant General Asim Munir as the new Army Commander to succeed incumbent General Bajwa, ending the suspense of the important appointment.


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