ISLAMABAD: With the induction of the House Speaker in the Senate, Senator Shibli Faraz as Federal Minister and the appointment of Lt. Gen. Asim Saleem Bajwa who has retired as Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) for the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting can open the way to smooth government relations with the media engaged in the media. the road is bumpy since women from Sialkot took over the government which has now been freed from their duties.
Even though it was a major overhaul in the federal cabinet but other changes will also be due within a few weeks soon after Eid.
Senator Shibli Faraz is the leader of the House of Representatives in the Senate despite a minority government in the upper house of Parliament and as a leader, he enjoys the status of a federal minister but now he has been assigned a portfolio outside Parliament. With his successor, Senator Faisal Javed who is one of the prime minister’s closest friends and like KP province’s Shibli Faraz is among the front runners for the House Leaders slot while senators from provincial Senators Noman Wazir and Mohsin Aziz are also among the hopes.
The former interior minister and upper house member of the federal capital, Dr Shehzad Wasim could be a candidate for the slot, but the final decision must be taken by the party chairman.
Senator Shibli Faraz is a literary and the son of the late Ahmad Faraz, he is respected among people with a pen but dealing with the media will be a real test if he is appointed minister of Information and Broadcasting. Well-placed sources say that Shibli Faraz was tasked with repairing the fence with media, electronics, and printing both.
General Asim Saleem Bajwa, who was approached by the government to accept the office, was initially reluctant to accept the assignment but sources said that he was persuaded by the higher-ups to accept it. Because the office he represents has a political dimension and he cannot assume that responsibility in return as long as he does not complete two years after retirement, that he will settle in September next year, he will handle the allegations respectfully. .
General Asim Saleem will continue as Chair of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) which emerged late last year.
General Asim Saleem Bajwa was a field soldier who had a challenging post to him throughout his career. As Lieutenant Colonel, he came under the spotlight as an ADC for former president General Pervez Musharraf where he was promoted to the rank of brigadier. He has served in various instructional and command-level posts, such as leading anti-tank battalions, 111th Infantry Brigade, and infantry divisions. He was a Major Brigade in the infantry brigade and served as Chief of Staff in the strike Corps.
He instructed courses at PMA Kakul and the School of Staff and Command Quetta and was the deputy military secretary for the country’s president. Asim Saleem Bajwa assisted General Pervez Musharraf in compiling his book “In the Line of Fire” which was also mentioned by General Pervez in his book.
He was promoted to the rank of Major General in December 2010 and was appointed as Director General of Public Relations Services (DGISPR). As Directorate General of ISPR, he appointed the directorate and produced much needed technological improvements. He was promoted as Lieutenant General in September 2015.
Lieutenant General Bajwa was appointed as Inspector General of Weapons (IG Arms) at GHQ on December 11, 2016 to September 28, 2017. Then he was appointed as Commander of the Southern Command and Corps XII in Quetta where he beneficially foiled several designs of the country’s enemies.
Asim Saleem Bajwa was assigned to the 34th Punjab Regiment in 1984, at the Pakistan Military Academy (PMA) in Kakul. He graduated from Command and Staff College in Quetta, and National Defense University (NDU) in Islamabad, followed by Staff College, Camberley. He holds a master’s degree in war studies from NDU and defense studies from King’s College London.
The appointment of General Asim Saleem Bajwa also dismissed the impression of damage to the “one-page” narrative.