According to the asset and liability details released by the Cabinet Division, 4 out of 15 Special Assistants to the Prime Minister (SAPMs) hold dual nationalities while 3 hold foreign residencies. Moreover, 10 out of 15 SAPMs own properties in different countries.
SAPM on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development, Zulfikar Bukhari holds British citizenship. SAPM on Power Division & Coordination of Marketing and Development of Mineral Resources, Shehzad Syed Qasim, and SAPM on Petroleum Division, Nadeem Babar are both US citizens. SAPM on Digital Pakistan, Tania Aidrus is a Canadian national and also holds permanent residency status in Singapore.
On the other hand, SAPM on Parliamentary Coordination, Nadeem Afzal Chan, is a permanent resident of Canada and SAPM on National Security Division and Strategic Policy Planning, Moeed Yousaf, is a permanent resident of the US. SAPM on Political Communication, Shahbaz Gill, is a US green cardholder.
Zulfikar Bukhari owns a flat worth £4.85 million in London. He also owns shares in different companies, including the offshore BVI company with underlying assets of 11 apartments worth £3.65 million.
Tania Aidrus owns 2 properties in the US worth $1.43 million and 1 each in the UK and Singapore worth £40,000 and $765,680 respectively.
Shahzad Syed Qasim owns 3 properties in both the US and the UAE worth $865,000 and AED 20,688,000 respectively.
Nadeem Babar owns a house in Houston, Texas, worth Rs. 31.1 million while Adviser to PM on Parliamentary Affairs, Dr. Babar Awan, has declared a property in Spain worth Rs. 11 million.
Shehbaz Gill, a former assistant professor of Business Administration at the University of Illinois, owns property in Illinois worth Rs. 13,065,000.
SAPM on Accountability and Interior, Mirza Shahzad Akbar, has declared a flat in Spain owned by his wife. Advisor to PM Finance and Revenue, Dr. Hafeez Sheikh, has also declared a property in Dubai worth Rs. 130 million owned by her wife.
SAPM on Water Resources, Power and Petroleum, Sardar Yar Muhammad Rind, owns a villa in Dubai worth Rs. 42,000,000 and has declared an apartment valued at Rs. 33,600,000 owned by his son.
Advisor to PM on Institutional Reforms and Austerity, Dr. Ishrat Hussain, has declared 3 properties in the US worth $2.14 million in his spouse’s name.
Moeed Yousaf Rejects Dual Nationality Claims
SAPM on National Security Division and Strategic Policy Planning, Moeed Yousaf, has issued a clarification after the Cabinet Division published the details of assets, liabilities, and dual nationalities of the PM’s special assistants and advisers.
Taking to Twitter, Yousaf denounced the claims regarding his dual nationality status and asserted that he is a Pakistani citizen.
He also shared an undertaking that he had submitted to the PM before assuming the office of the SAPM. He added that he has neither returned to the US after accepting a position in the federal cabinet nor has any active employment in the US.
Contrary to the canard being spread about me, I only hold citizenship of ONE country and that is Pakistan. Here is the affidavit I had previously submitted to the government. pic.twitter.com/kRpN0s7YjD
— Moeed W. Yusuf (@YusufMoeed) July 19, 2020