IHC to announce verdict today on removal of Zulfi name from ECL

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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) today (Wednesday) will announce its decision on a petition filed by Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on Overseas Pakistanis Zulfi Bukhari for the removal of his name from the Exit Control List (ECL).

As per the list released by the IHC, a division bench comprising Justice Aamir Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar will announce the verdict at 12:30pm today.

On December 4, the IHC had reserved its verdict on 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 Bukhari after his name appeared in the Panama Papers as he owns six offshore companies.

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 Bukhari’s disqualification for being a dual national.

Earlier this month, Imran Shafique, special prosecutor with NAB Rawalpindi tendered his resignation. Official informed media that taking a tough stance in the Islamabad High Court over the dual nationality of Bukhari cost Shafique his job.

They said the special prosecutor was summoned to the NAB headquarters after the hearing and asked to resign. Official further informed media that Shafique was told if he didn’t resign, he would be dismissed.