Asim Bajwa resigns as CPEC Authority chief

Ayaz Akbar Yousafzai
Zahid Gishkori
Lt Gen (retd) Asim Saleem Bajwa. — Twitter/File
Lt Gen (retd) Asim Saleem Bajwa. — Twitter/File
  • PM Imran Khan appoints Khalid Mansoor as SAPM on CPEC Affairs.
  • Bajwa was appointed as CPEC Authority chairman in Nov 2019.
  • Mansoor was most recently serving as CEO at Engro Chemical Pakistan Limited, since 2013.

Lieutenant General (retired) Asim Saleem Bajwa on Tuesday resigned from his position as the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Authority's chief, as he thanked the government and Prime Minister Imran Khan for their support.

"I bow my head before Allah Almighty for giving me an opportunity to raise and steer the important institution of CPEC Authority as one window for all CPEC projects, charting the future direction," he said in a tweet.

Bajwa said he wished the best for Khalid Mansoor, who has replaced him as the special assistant to the prime minister on CPEC Affairs.

He said Mansoor was fully equipped to take CPEC forward. "CPEC is a lifeline for Pakistan; it will transform us into a progressive and fully developed country."

According to Geo News, Mansoor has experience working abroad, with Chinese companies and banks.

Lt Gen (retd) Bajwa was appointed as CPEC Authority chairman back in November 2019, and subsequently, in April 2020 PM Imran Khan appointed him as his special assistant on information and broadcasting.

However, on October 12, PM Imran Khan had relieved Lt Gen (retd) Bajwa of his additional portfolio of SAPM on information and broadcasting.

Meanwhile, Federal Minister for Planning, Development, and Special Initiatives Asad Umar thanked Bajwa for his services in moving CPEC forward and playing a vital role in broadening the project's scope.

The federal minister welcomed Mansoor to the team as SAPM for CPEC Affairs. "His vast corporate experience, with extensive work with Chinese companies, and his direct involvement in leading some of the biggest CPEC projects makes him an ideal person to lead the next phase of CPEC."

Later, PM's aide on Political Communication Shahbaz Gill, in a tweet shared the notification of Mansoor's appointment.