ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC), while hearing a petition seeking removal of Zulfi Bukhari’s name from the blacklist, questioned how a private charter jet was allowed at Nur Khan airbase.
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 earlier today, 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.