Imran Khan denies influencing Interior Ministry for striking Zulfi Bukhari’s name off ECL

Haider Ali 09:18 AM | 19 Jun, 2018
Imran Khan denies influencing Interior Ministry for striking Zulfi Bukhari’s name off ECL
ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman, Imran Khan has strongly repudiated the news reports that he used his influence to strike the name of his friend Zulfi Bukhari off the Exit Control List (ECL).

In an interview to a private TV channel, the PTI supremo challenged his rivals to prove that he made a phone call to interior minister Azam Khan for the said purpose.

Khan also defended the religious pilgrimage on a chartered plane, saying it’s not a crime as he didn’t travel on taxpayers’ money.

'VIP culture is one in which taxpayers money is used for the luxury of few,' Imran insisted.

The politician clarified that he wouldn’t have been able to perform Umrah on 27th Ramazan if he had not taken the chartered plane.

Imran Khan faced the ire of social media and journalists alike when it emerged that one of his close confidantes, Zulfi Bukhari's name was removed from ECL for performing Umrah.

Media reports also suggested that Imran Khan used his clout for the said report as a notification was issued on June 11, ordering the immigration authorities to "grant one-time permission to Bukhari for a period of 06 days" to perform Umrah.

The development came after the Britisher was stopped from travelling to Saudi Arabia along with Imran Khan; the brief restriction delayed the flight and Imran along with his wife Bushra Maneka and Aleem Khan kept waiting at the Nur Khan airbase.

The caretaker interior Minister Azam Khan had stated that Bukhari's name was blacklisted, denying that his name was on the Exit Control List.

Haider Ali

The writer is a civil servant.


ISLAMABAD – Pakistani rupee finally ended its losing streak against US dollar on Tuesday, gaining Rs4.43 after massive depreciation over the last week.

During the intra-day trading, the rupee was hovering at 266.75 with an appreciation of around 1.07 percent as talks between Pakistan and IMF underway for a stalled bailout programme.

Earlier on Monday, the rupee plunged by Rs7 and the greenback touched all-time high of Rs272. Last week, the local currency dropped by Rs24.54 in the interbank market – the largest single-day depreciation in more than two decades.

Finance experts linked the rupee’s recovery to exporters offloading some of their proceeds as remittances and export continued days after dollar cap was removed.

The country of over 220 million is facing a worst economic crisis with the forex reserved held by the country’s central bank remaining at critical $3.68 billion which were not enough to cover a month's import.

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs205,900 on Tuesday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs176,530.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs162,500 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 182,100.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Karachi PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Islamabad PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Peshawar PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Quetta PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Sialkot PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Attock PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Gujranwala PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Jehlum PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Multan PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Bahawalpur PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Gujrat PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Nawabshah PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Chakwal PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Hyderabad PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Nowshehra PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Sargodha PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Faisalabad PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Mirpur PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370


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