In an unprecedented move, the government announced on Saturday to the public the assets and citizenship of all 15 special assistants to the prime minister – revealing that seven of them were dual citizens or had permanent residences in other countries.
Details of their assets and citizenship have been posted on the Cabinet Division’s website. Information Minister Shibli Faraz tweeted that the information had been published on the instructions of Prime Minister Imran Khan.
But the list does not include Prime Minister of Finance and Revenue Advisor, Dr. Abdul Hafeez Shaikh and Prime Minister of Trade and Investment Advisor Abdul Razak Dawood.
This step was taken in response to increasing criticism and calls to declare the assets of those close to the prime minister.
Before coming to power, Prime Minister Imran preferred to maintain a small cabinet but the cabinet size exceeded 50, including federal ministers, state ministers, special advisers and assistants.
Leaving nothing to the imagination, information placed on the website reveals that a total of seven SAPMs have two citizenship and permanent residency in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Singapore.
They include SAPM Abroad in Pakistan and Human Resource Development Sayed Zulfikar Bukhari, SAPM on Parliamentary Coordination Nadeem Afzal Gondal, SAPM on Petroleum Nadeem Babar, SAPM in the National Security Division and Strategic Policy Planning Moeed Wasim Yusuf, SAPM on Digital Pakistan Tania Aidrus , SAPM on Division of Energy and Marketing Coordination and Development of Mineral Resources Shahzad Syed Qasim.
SAPM on Political Communication, Shahbaz Gill, holds the Green Card. He has total assets worth Rs118,590,703.
Bukhari holds British citizenship, Gondal has Canada, Babar, Yusuf and Qasim have US citizenship while Aidrus is Canadian from birth and holds Singapore’s permanent residence.
SAPM on Information and Broadcasting (in honorary capacity) Lt-Gen (retd) Asim Saleem Bajwa owns eight immovable properties, including a five-channel house in the federal capital, a four-channel housing plot in DHA, Karachi; each one housing plot in Islamabad and Karachi; a total of 12 commercial marla plots in Lahore, 30 hectares of agricultural land in Rahim Yar Khan district and 35 hectares of agricultural land in Bahawalpur district.
These documents have included one car (Toyota ZX 2016) worth Rs3 million. Two bank accounts in Islamabad each have Rs291,000 and Rs1,239. Lieutenant General Bajwa also has a foreign bank account in Rawalpindi which contains $ 4,149.
Bukhari’s assets include more than 1,300 land canals in Attock, 34 fields in Sector C-16 Islamabad, flats in London, shares in several companies located overseas, Toyota Land Cruiser worth Rs 200,000,000, Bentley worth £ 245,000, Range Rover worth £ 135,000, two Mercedes worth £ 199,391; 150 tolas of gold held by himself and jewelry worth £ 150,000 held by his wife and several bank accounts in Pakistan and England.
SAPM on Accountability and Interior with the status of State Minister Mirza Shahzad Akbar’s statement regarding assets and liabilities stated that he and his partner owned immovable property valued at Rs13,310,000.
The statement revealed that the Akbar couple owned a heritage property – a flat – in Spain. Its moving assets are valued at Rs52,569,783.
SAPM on Social Protection and Poverty Alleviation with the status of Federal Minister Dr. Sania Nishtar has stated that he has jointly inherited the 9.6 marlas property in Peshawar, a Honda Civic car on behalf of his partner, jewelry valued at Rs500,000 and unsecured loans due to debt from Rs2, 396,570.
In a total of five bank accounts – three in the name of their partners and student accounts closed in 2011 – this pair has a total of Rs14,810,846. He has no property or assets and business capital in and outside Pakistan.
SAPM on the National Health Service, Regulation and Coordination with the status of State Minister Zafar Mirza has a house and two plots worth Rs35 million, gold worth Rs2 million and cash around Rs 1.8 million.
SAPM for Youth Affairs Usman Dar has investment in shares in nine companies worth Rs20,116,600, business capital in Pakistan worth Rs6,675,561, bank balance of Rs711,133, and inherited shares to be transferred in his name from his father who died in the measurement of 40 canal land. in Murree and two canal houses in Sialkot.
Nadeem Afzal Chan owns agricultural property valued at Rs7,884,000; residential property valued at Rs 9,490,000; Rs2,500,000 business capital in Pakistan, remittances of Rs3,200,000, prizes worth Rs3,800,000 and other assets worth Rs12,184,100 along with cars.
SAPM on activities related to the Ministry of Water, Energy and Oil Resources in Balochistan, Sardar Yar Muhammad Rind, has declared a total asset of Rs812,413,358.
He along with his wives and other family members own 640 gold tolas, a spring villa and an apartment in the International City in Dubai, UAE; and agricultural land, among others.
Nadeem Babar, SAPM regarding Petroleum Division with the status of Minister of State, owns immovable property worth Rs129,764,250, a house in Houston, USA, total business capital of Rp2153,119,451 in Pakistan, business capital of Rs137,790,063 outside Pakistan, Rs297,418,610 cash and bank accounts, bond prizes, and savings accounts having Rs166,196,807, among others; making a large total asset of Rs2,775,812,874.
Prime Minister’s Special Assistant for Minerals and Marketing Shahzad Qasim owns many properties, bank accounts and vehicles inside and outside Pakistan.
SAPM regarding Establishment with the status of Federal Minister Mohammad Shehzad Arbab has immovable property worth Rs100,490,000, and a total bank balance of Rs5,768,440.
Yusuf, Aidrus and Awan have also announced their assets and bank account details.