Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday relieved Asim Saleem Bajwa from his additional portfolio of special assistant to the prime minister on information and broadcasting.
“I requested the honourable prime minister to relinquish me from the additional portfolio of SAPM on Info & broadcasting. He very kindly approved my request,” Asim Bajwa tweeted on Monday.
I requested the honourable Prime Minister to relinquish me from the additional portfolio of SAPM on Info & broadcasting. He very kindly approved my request
— Asim Saleem Bajwa (@AsimSBajwa) October 12, 2020
It is not clear why the prime minister had a change of heart.
A month ago, Prime Minister Imran Khan had refused to accept Bajwa’s resignation after the latter offered to step down following a story alleging that he (Bajwa) had a large stake in several international businesses and had considerable assets abroad.
The Prime Minister’s Office had announced that the resignation notice had been received, but the premier had turned it down.
The prime minister was quoted as saying that he was satisfied with the clarification Bajwa had provided about his personal finances and business in response to the article.
PM Imran Khan had appointed Bajwa as SAPM on Information and Broadcasting along with Federal Minister for Information Shibli Faraz.
The two had been appointed in April 2020 in place of Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan.