The BOL news channel, for which Aslam works, reported on Wednesday that a court in Islamabad has approved bail for Aslam and he is expected to be released on Thursday after paperwork is completed.
The development comes a day after the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists asked Pakistan to release Aslam and allow the media to report freely and independently on military officials.
In a statement on Tuesday, CPJ said Pakistani authorities accused Aslam of involvement in a Nov. 19 article on Pakistan-based digital news website FactFocus. The article used leaked tax records to report on Bajwa and his family’s assets. Aslam has denied involvement.
Pakistan has a poor record on freedom of expression and several journalists have been attacked and detained by police in recent years, although current and previous governments insist they support freedom of expression.