Pakistan Army Chief: Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa’s family and relatives became billionaires during his six-year tenure and amassed a net worth of Rs 12.7 billion, a Pakistani website claimed, prompting the government on Monday to verify their tax details. Ordered an inquiry into the matter of leakage.
The FactFocus website, claiming to be Pakistan’s Digital Media Institute doing data-based investigative journalism, shared the alleged property documents of General Bajwa and his family from 2013 to 2021.
How much is the property of the wife?
According to reports related to alleged tax records of General Bajwa, the current market value of the army chief’s known properties and businesses in Pakistan and outside Pakistan is Rs 12.7 billion. The report, released a few days before General Bajwa is due to retire at the end of this month, claims that General Bajwa’s wife Ayesha Amjad’s assets went from zero in 2016 to Rs 2.2 billion (declared and known) in six years.
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar ordered an inquiry
According to the news, this amount does not include details of residential plots, commercial plots and houses given to her husband by the army. Finance Minister Ishaq Dar took cognizance of the illegal and improper leak of tax information of the family members of General Qamar Javed Bajwa and ordered an inquiry into the matter.
Next army chief will be appointed
Pakistan’s Defense Ministry has sent a list of five names on Monday (November 21) to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) for the next army chief. The current Army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa will retire on 29 November. Under the Pakistan Army Act (PAA) 1952, the Defense Ministry will issue a discharge summary, a document on the current army chief, to pave the way for the appointment of his successor.
Lt Gen Asim Munir, Lt Gen Sahir Shamshad Mirza, Lt Gen Azhar Abbas, Lt Gen Noman Mehmood and Lt Gen Faiz Hameed are contenders for the post of Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff and Chief of Army Staff.