Four aides to PM Imran Khan hold dual nationalities

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Prime Minister Imran Khan had opposed foreign nationals holding public offices when he was in opposition.

Islamabad - Three special assistants have permanent residency of other countries

By Agencies

Published: Sun 19 Jul 2020, 3:44 PM

Last updated: Sun 19 Jul 2020, 5:53 PM

At least seven members of Prime Minister Imran Khan's cabinet are either dual nationals or hold another country's permanent residency, according to the details issued by the Pakistan government amid growing demands by the opposition to disclose assets and nationalities of non-elected members.
The details of their assets and nationalities have been put up on the website of the Cabinet Division.
Information Minister Shibli Faraz tweeted that the information had been made public on the instruction of Prime Minister Khan.
The move comes in response to growing criticism of the government and calls for declaring assets of the people close to the prime minister.
When Imran Khan was in the opposition, he had criticised foreign nationals holding public offices.
All dual nationals were non-elected and working as special assistants to the prime minister, also called as SAPM, a notification issued by the Cabinet Division showed.
The cabinet division's notification placed on its website shows that out of 19 non-elected cabinet members, four special assistants to the prime minister (SAPMs) hold dual nationalities, including SAPM on Petroleum Nadeem Babar (US), SAPM on Overseas Pakistanis Syed Zulfiqar Abbas Bukhari (United Kingdom), SAPM on Power Division Shahzad Qasim (US) and and SAPM on Digital Pakistan Tania S. Aidrus (Canada).
Among those holding residency of other countries are SAPM on Political Affairs Shahbaz Gill (US), SAPM on National Security Moeed Yousuf (US), SAPM on Parlia­mentary Coordination Nadeem Afzal Gondal (Canada) and Aidrus (Singapore).
The Cabinet Division also published details of all non-elected advisers which showed that Babar had properties worth Rs310 million in Pakistan and worth over Rs310 million in the US. His business capitals amount to over Rs2.15 billion.
Bukhari owns properties both in Pakistan and the UK. He also owns a Toyota Land Cruiser in Pakistan and four vehicles in the UK - Bentley (2017), Range Rover and two Mercedes.
Aidrus owns properties in the US, Britain and Singapore.
SAPM on Information and Broadcast retired Lt-Gen Asim Saleem Bajwa owns eight properties, including a house, plots, commercial plots and agricultural land (65 acres) worth over Rs1.4 billion.
Adviser on Finance Hafeez Shaikh has properties and assets worth around Rs300 million. Adviser on Commerce Abdul Razak Dawood owns assets worth over Rs2 billion.
In Pakistan, a foreign national cannot contest an election.
All the people contesting an election declare their assets before the polls. But there is no such provision for non-elected members.

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