The Islamabad High court will announce its decision today on the petition to remove Zulfi Bukhari name from ECL.
The petition to remove Zulfi Bukhari name from ECL was filed by Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on Overseas Pakistanis himself.
As per the list released by the IHC, a division bench comprising Justice Aamir Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar will announce the verdict on petition to remove Zulfi Bukhari name from ECL at 12:30 pm today.
On December 4, the IHC had reserved its verdict on Zulfi Bukhari’s petition.
The Interior Ministry had placed Bukhari’s name on the ECL in August following the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) request after he was accused of owning offshore companies. NAB had initiated an inquiry against Zulfi Bukhari after his name appeared in the Panama Papers as he owns six offshore companies.
Zulfi Bukhari a close aide of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan, was barred from leaving Pakistan when he proceeded to travel to Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah on June 11. Bukhari was later granted a one-time permission to go abroad for six days by the Interior Ministry.
A petition is also being heard seeking Zulfi Bukhari’s disqualification for holding dual nationality.
Earlier this month, Imran Shafique, special prosecutor with NAB Rawalpindi tendered his resignation. Sources informed Geo News that taking a tough stance in the Islamabad High Court over the dual nationality of Zulfi Bukhari cost Shafique his job.
They said the special prosecutor was summoned to the NAB headquarters after the hearing and asked to resign. Sources further informed Geo News that Shafique was told if he didn’t resign, he would be dismissed.