Islamabad (August 11, 2018): The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has summoned Zulfi Bukhari, a close aide of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman and prime minister-in-waiting Imran Khan, on Saturday with regard to an inquiry into his offshore companies.
In the summon issued to Zulfi Bukhari, the NAB Rawalpindi directed him to appear before the investigation team and bring relevant record with him. NAB has already made questioner for him as he might face tough questions from the NAB team.
The NAB had already summoned Zulfi Bukhari four times, but he never appeared before the investigation team, which is probing those 435 Pakistanis whose names surfaced in the PanamaLeaks for owning the offshore companies.Zulfi Bukhari owns six offshore companies which were disclosed in PanamaLeaks and the NAB in its notice asked him to appear before the investigation team and explain facts about his offshore companies which have been used to buy dozens of expensive commercial properties in London’s expensive zone.
The NAB had sent a request to the Interior Ministry to place the name of Zulfi Bukhari on the Exit Control List (ECL), but instead, his name was put on the blacklist of the ministry.
Zulfi Bukhari’s issue surfaced in the media after he was allowed to leave the country for Umrah with Imran Khan on a chartered plane despite being placed on the Interior Ministry’s blacklist.Caretaker Interior Minister Azam Khan admitted on June 21 before the Senate’s Committee on Interior that he allowed Zulfi Bukhari to leave the country after he filed an official request.
Later his name was excluded from blacklist on the orders of Islamabad High Court.
It is to be mentioned here that the Islamabad High Court (IHC) had also ordered Zulfi Bukhari to cooperate with the NAB in investigations.