IHC directs interior ministry to exclude Zulfi Bukhari’s name from Black list of ECL

ISLAMABAD: Islamabad High Court on Friday has ordered the interior ministry to exclude Zulfi Bukhari alias Syed Zulfiqar Ali Bukhari’s name from Black list of the Exit Control list(ECL), Newsone reported.

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Justice Aamer Farooq announced the verdict and directed interior ministry to take out Zulfi’s name from Black list of ECL, whic bars the accused to fly abroad.

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 Monday, June 11. Bukhari was later granted a one-time permission to go abroad for six days by the Interior Ministry.

Hearing the case, Justice Aamer Farooq questioned whether the airbase could be used for personal purposes.

Can the airbase be employed for private use, and if so then what is the procedure? the judge asked a representative from the Ministry of Defence.

Syed Zulfiqar Abbas Bukhari aka Zulfi Bukhari was stopped by FIA immigration officials on June 11 from flying to Saudia Arabia with the PTI Chief.

According to sources, Bukhari was stopped by FIA immigration officials at the Noor Khan Airbase Rawalpindi during his immigration process. Bukhari was told that his name was placed on the Exit Control List (ECL).

Bukhari was placed on the no-fly list on the recommendations of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). However, details of any NAB inquiries or cases against him are yet to be known.

Later, the interior ministry through a notification ordered the immigration authorities to ‘grant one-time permission to Bukhari for a period of six days’ to perform Umrah.

Bukhari was then allowed to fly to Saudi Arabia in a chartered flight along with Khan.

Zulfi Bukhari is considered to be close to Imran Khan, a London based businessman.

 

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