Imran Khan’s buddy Zulfi Bukhari placed on ECL

  • Interior ministry puts Bukhari name on ECP after NAB requests

ISLAMABAD – The Minister of Interior has reportedly put the name of Zulfi Bukhar, a close aide of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan, on no-fly list amid corruption probe, local media reported on Wednesday.

“Bukhari’s name has been put on Exit Control List (ECP) on the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) request,” sources told.

Responding to the development while talking to a private news channel, Bukhari said that his name was already on the blacklist and could not leave Pakistan.

In June, the London-based business tycoon was interrogated by a team of the anti-graft buster in an ongoing investigation pertaining to his offshore companies. He is yet to give money trail for the transactions amounting to billions in offshore companies. However, Bukhari has been denied any shady dealings.

He had appeared before the team after the Islamabad High Court ordered him on June 21 to join the NAB probe. The court issued the directives while hearing two petitions of which one has been filed by the close friend of Khan seeking expulsion of his name from the ECL while the other was filed by a petitioner challenging the removal of his name from blacklist to allow him to go for Umrah.

Zulfi Bukhari was barred to leave the country for Saudi Arabia in June, when he along with PTI supremo, Imran Khan and his wife Bushra Maneka boarded a chartered plane.

After a brief stay at the Noor Khan airbase, Bukhari was able to dash to the Oil-rich kingdom after geing granted a relaxation for six days, which became a mystery as to how the individual secured the leverage.