Saturday September 18, 2021

Asim Bajwa steps down, Khalid Mansoor appointed SAPM on CPEC Affairs

"CPEC is a lifeline for Pakistan," Bajwa says, who was appointed as CPEC Authority chairman back in Nov 2019
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August 03, 2021
Lieutenant General (retired) Asim Saleem Bajwa. — Twitter/File
Lieutenant General (retired) Asim Saleem Bajwa. — Twitter/File

Lieutenant General (retired) Asim Saleem Bajwa has stepped down from his position as  the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Authority's chairman, with Khalid Mansoor replacing him.

Lt Gen (retd) Bajwa 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 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."