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Gen (retd) Bajwa wanted ‘clear-cut’ neutrality, claims SAPM Malik Ahmed Khan

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  • Malik claims Bajwa believed Khan failed to perform despite support. 
  • Says he has proof of how Khan was saved from disqualification because of Bajwa. 
  • He adds Bajwa felt Khan did bad to country. 

ISLAMABAD: Former army chief Gen (retd) Qamar Javed Bajwa wanted “clear-cut neutrality” because he believed Imran Khan and his team failed to perform despite complete support, claimed Special Assistance to Prime Minister (SAPM) Malik Ahmad Khan, The News reported. 

Speaking during the Geo News programme “Jirga“, the special assistant said that he has proof of how Khan was saved from disqualification because of Gen (retd) Bajwa, adding that Khan’s former aide Jahangir Tareen became a target due to that. 

Malik further said that the former army chief had felt that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief did bad to the country. 

He said that the money trail was not provided in the Bani Gala case, rather details of Niazi Services and Jemima Khan’s gift were submitted. 

He said that former chief justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar changed the 70-year-old jurisdiction [of the apex court], adding it’s Nisar’s own verdict in the Rana Aftab case that penalty would be imposed only after recording witness, but then the penalty was given by him while he sat in the Supreme Court.

“The Supreme Court has rewritten the constitution. I also object to [verdict] in the case of Punjab assembly members.” 

The SAPM questioned the ex-CJP about what former Punjab chief minister Usman Buzdar did for Lahore.

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader said that there is a need for grand dialogue and reconciliation. Speaking about Punjab Chief Minister Parvez Elahi, Malik said that the CM has lost confidence and he does not have a majority by his side. 

Bani Gala issue

Last month, Malik also claimed that the former COAS had influenced Nisar to favour the PTI chief in the Bani Gala house case.

However, the former CJP termed the claim rubbish and completely baseless. He stated that the former army chief never influenced his decisions directly or indirectly.

Saqib said that the entire Bani Gala was built illegally, and the case was about regularising all the properties on the premises.

PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry also rejected the SAPM’s claim, saying the COAS controlling the CJP was a serious allegation. He demanded that the Supreme Court registrar take notice of the claims.

On regularising Imran Khan’s Bani Gala residence, he said the PTI chairman built his home in the area when there were no rules regulating such constructions. He explained that the apex court in the case had directed the CDA to make rules to regulate construction in the Bani Gala area.

A source close to the retired COAS said that Gen (retd) Bajwa never contacted Nisar or the judiciary in this case. However, he alleged that a key intelligence officer saved Khan from disqualification.

NRO to Imran Khan

Malik also made claims that Gen (retd) Bajwa had given an NRO to Khan. When asked about the nature of the alleged NRO, he said that the former premier should come forward and say under oath that he had not been given the NRO in the Bani Gala residence case when it was being heard by the court of the then Justice (retd) Saqib Nisar.

Malik claimed to have all the evidence on how and when it happened, the people involved, and who sent messages to whom. To a question, Malik said: “I stand by it [my statement] and I have complete evidence [to back it up.” He added that Jahangir Tareen was the collateral victim of this case.

It is relevant to mention that Malik was among those PML-N leaders who have been close to the retired army chief. 

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Tajir Dost app: traders don’t seem interested in registering

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To tax retailers in Pakistan, the Tajir Dost app was released. The sources stated that the government hopes to tax 3.5 million merchants through the app.

Ajmal Baloch, the president of All-Pakistan Anjuman-e-Tajran, stated that he made reservations with FBR on the SRO within a week.

The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), according to him, cannot be a “Tajir Dost” because of its unethical actions.

Baloch believed that since electricity bills allow traders to pay a predetermined advance income tax, further taxes are unnecessary.

The trader, according to him, is already paying thirteen different kinds of taxes on the commercial meter. “A trader already pays between Rs. 15,000 and Rs. 20,000 in taxes annually, but you are requesting Rs. 1,200 per month in taxes.”

Mr. Ajmal summoned representatives of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to a meeting with the trade associations to talk about the indirect taxes that the merchants are paying.

Additionally, he claimed that FBR officers are charging the traders, the majority of whom are less educated, “monthly charges.”

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Temporary bail for PTI founder increased in three instances

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Details reveal that the ATC court considered bail petitions for interim release in three cases including attacks on Shadman Police Station, Askari Tower, and Jinnah House.

In addition to requesting arguments from the attorneys for the upcoming session, the judge instructed that PTI founder Imran Khan be present via video link from Adiala Jail.

It is noteworthy to add that the Punjab government has assigned seven cells in Adiala Jail to the convicted PTI founder Imran Khan, and fourteen security guards have been assigned to guard him. This information was previously communicated to the LHC.

Related: LHC revealed that the PTI founder’s jail security costs Rs1.2 million a month.

“To ensure proper security for Imran Khan, an accommodation of six cells has been made in addition to his cell,” AGP Punjab Khalid Ishaq stated in court.

According to the article, “14 police officers have been assigned to guard Imran Khan at Adiala Jail, whereas one officer is assigned to watch over ten prisoners there.

May 9 events
Following Imran Khan, the founder of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, and the former prime minister’s detention at the Islamabad High Court (IHC), violent confrontations erupted around the country.

The party activists were upset by their chairman’s detention, so they staged rallies in both big and distant cities. Balochistan, Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Islamabad called in the armed forces to maintain law and order.

During a demonstration, “PTI workers” attacked Army posts and the Corps Commander’s residence in Lahore, commonly known as Jinnah House.

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Shehbaz Sharif, PM, will personally oversee Saudi investment

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Thanking Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for sending a high-level delegation that will usher in a new era of Saudi investment in Pakistan, trade partnerships, and business ties, the prime minister chaired a meeting to review issues pertaining to the recent high-powered Saudi delegation and Saudi investment in various sectors.

He applauded the efforts of the relevant senior officers, Special Investment Facilitation Council, and federal ministers for turning the Saudi delegation’s visit into a partnership that would benefit both parties.

In order to get the desired results, he asked for the ministries to be capacitated and gave the relevant authorities instructions to hire top-tier professionals to carry out the foreign investment projects.

In order to guarantee that the projects agreed upon with the Saudi delegation are carried out, the prime minister requested the Board of Investment, SIFC, and other ministries to design a system.

He stated that Saudi Arabia and Pakistan had friendly relations and that the Kingdom had always helped Pakistan in its time of need.

The Saudi King and Crown Prince were commended by Prime Minister Shehbaz for their strong desire to advance Pakistani-Saudi collaboration and partnerships.

He reaffirmed the determination of his administration to pursue all feasible avenues for the advancement and well-being of the nation.

Following a discussion of potential investments in the domains of mining, agriculture, energy, information technology, and infrastructure development, the meeting was informed of the interest and offer for various projects made by the Saudi delegation.

The inclusion of Pakistan in the global supply and value chains was also discussed by both parties, and Pakistan’s readiness for this role was greatly acknowledged.

The attendees of the meeting saw the arrival of friendly delegations to investigate investment prospects as a positive development and hailed the present administration’s diplomatic achievements.

The prime minister gave orders to all relevant ministries and departments to provide special attention to business-to-business and government-to-government agreements, and to treat the local business community with confidence in this regard.

Federal Ministers Mohammad Ishaq Dar, Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Jam Kamal Khan, Ahad Khan Cheema, Ataullah Tarar, Rana Tanveer Hussain, Ahsan Iqbal, Salik Hussain Chaudhry, Sardar Awais Khan Leghari, Abdul Aleem Khan, Dr. Musadik Malik, Minister of State Shaza Fatima Khawaja, Special Assistant Tariq Fatemi, Deputy Chairman Planning Commission Muhammad Jehanzeb Khan, members of the National Assembly Bilal Azhar Kayani and Rumina Khursheed Alam, Prime Minister Rana Ehsan Afzal’s coordinator, as well as other pertinent figures, attended the meeting.

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