Tag: Corruption

12
Oct
2020
Posted in website

Pakistan PM Imran Khan’s Top Aide Asim Saleem Bajwa Steps Down Amid Corruption Allegations

Imran Khan's Top Aide Steps Down Amid Corruption Allegations

Imran Khan rejected Asim Saleem Bajwa’s resignation.

Islamabad:

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Special Assistant on Information and Broadcasting Lt Gen (retd.) Asim Saleem Bajwa resigned on Monday, amid allegations that he used his offices to help family set up several off-shore businesses.

“I requested the honourable prime minister to relinquish me from the additional portfolio of SAPM on Info & broadcasting. He very kindly approved my request,” Bajwa, the former Pakistan Army spokesman who also served as Commander of the Southern Command, tweeted.

However, he would continue working as chairman of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Authority, Dawn newspaper reported.

The development comes more than a month after Bajwa submitted his resignation to Prime Minister Khan following a report on a website that alleged that he had used his offices in setting up off-shore businesses of his wife, sons and brothers.

However, Mr Khan rejected his resignation at the time and asked him to continue working as his special assistant.

The report alleged that Bajwa’s younger brothers opened their first Papa John”s pizza restaurant in 2002, the year he started working as a Lieutenant Colonel on the General Pervez Musharraf’s staff.

It claimed that his brother Nadeem Bajwa, 53, who started as a delivery driver for the pizza restaurant franchise, another three brothers, his wife Farrukh Zeba and three sons now own a business empire which set up 99 companies in four countries, including a pizza franchise with 133 restaurants worth an estimated USD 39.9 million.

Out of the total 99 firms, 66 are main companies, 33 are branch companies of some of the main companies while five firms are dead now.

The Bajwa family’s companies spent an estimated USD 52.2 million to develop their businesses and USD 14.5 million to purchase properties in the United States, according to

01
Oct
2020
Posted in internet

Corruption Arrests, Internet Spectrum Raise South Africa Spirits

A map of African operations hangs on a wall near a glass elevator at MTN Group Ltd.'s headquarters in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Photographer: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg

South Africans were cheered Wednesday with two announcements many thought would never come: Arrests in relation to state corruption and plans to auction new internet spectrum.

Four government officials and business people were detained as part of an investigation into a 255 million-rand ($15-million) asbestos audit project awarded by a provincial housing department, according to a police unit. The move is a rare sign of progress in the fight to curb graft that became rife under former President Jacob Zuma.

Read More: South Africa Authorities Arrest Four in Asbestos Audit Probe

His successor, Cyril Ramaphosa, launched an inquiry into corruption shortly after ousting Zuma in early 2018, but many South Africans have become disillusioned with the process as few culprits have been held accountable. That only worsened at the height of the country’s Covid-19 pandemic, when a string of dubious contracts to supply personal-protection equipment came to light.

The auction of new broadband spectrum is another government pledge that has been delayed for years. Yet the industry regulator on Wednesday laid out plans to sell more than 8 billion rand worth over the next six months. Ramaphosa had included the initiative in an economic-revival plan published earlier this month, which also contained promises to fight graft.

Read More: South Africa Starts $479 Million Sale of Internet Spectrum

Vodacom Group Ltd. and MTN Group Ltd. have long called for more spectrum to help grow in their domestic market. They claim the lack of bandwidth is responsible for the country’s relatively high data prices, another source of public disgruntlement.

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