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IHC Orders To Remove Zulfi Bukhari’s Name From Blacklist

Islamabad (July 06, 2018): The Islamabad High Court on Friday ordered to remove Zulfi Bukhari’s name from the blacklist, ending travel restrictions on the London-based businessman who is also a close aide of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan.

Justice Aamer Farooq, who had reserved the verdict on a petition filed against placement of Bukhari’s name on the blacklist on Tuesday, read out the decision ordering the concerned authorities to remove Bukhari’s name from the blacklist.

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Earlier on July 03, the Islamabad High Court reserved its verdict on a petition filed against the placement of Zulfi Bukhari’s name on a blacklist.Verdict Reserved In Zulfi Bukhari Blacklist CaseResuming hearing of the case, Justice Aamer Farooq questioned what law was in place regarding blacklisting of any individual.

It was requested to place Bukhari’s name on ECL, but he was instead placed on blacklist, the judge remarked, questioning why Bukhari’s name was removed from the blacklist after a phone call.The judge further questioned how an individual with dual nationality could be blacklisted.

Deputy attorney general, in attendance during the hearing, informed the court that Bukhari’s CNIC, not passport, was cancelled. The judge then questioned the legal standing of the procedure, to which the official responded that the Interior Ministry had a standard operating procedure for such matters.

Bukhari’s counsel pleaded the court to remove Bukhari’s name from the blacklist, as his client’s business and family were based in Britain.Justice Farooq, after listening to all the parties, reserved his verdict on the matters.

Earlier on June 25,  Zulfi Bukhari appeared in National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in connection with offshore companies case.

He was interrogated by the NAB team for about one and a half hour during and later was handed over a questionnaire to Zulfi regarding income source of his as many as six offshore companies.

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Earlier, Zulfi Bukhari appeared before the NAB court as he was summoned by NAB on June 22 to appear before it.

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On June 21, Islamabad High Court (IHC) ordered Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan’s close friend Zulfi Bukhari to face investigation regarding the issue of placing his name on Exit Control List (ECL).

The court issued the directives while hearing two petitions together: one filed by Bukhari seeking removal of his name from the blacklist, and the other where a petitioner has challenged Bukhari’s name removal from the blacklist within mere hours which allowed him to leave the country for Umrah.

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