Zulfi Bukhari approaches IHC to remove name from ECL


ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development Zulfiqar Hussain Bukhari, aka Zulfi Bukhari, has submitted an application in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) for the removal of his name from the Exit Control List (ECL).

The interior secretary, National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman, Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) director general (DG) and others have been made the respondents in the petition submitted by Advocate Sikandar Bashir on Saturday.

The petition states that placing travel restrictions on Zulfi Bukhari is against basic human rights, thus, the interior ministry’s decision should be suspended and directives should be issued to the concerned authorities for the return of Bukhari’s travel documents including his passport.

It may be mentioned here that Bukhari, a dual British-Pakistani national, is a close aide to the prime minister (PM). His name was placed on the ECL by the interior ministry on August 4 on NAB’s request. He is accused of owning off-shore companies in the British Virgin Islands and owning assets beyond his known source of income.

Last month, PM Imran Khan appointed Zulfi Bukhari as his special assistant on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development.