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In a letter by Interior Ministery to the Caretaker Prime Minister M Nasirul Mulk, it has been cleared that Zulfi Bukhari wasn't on Exit Control List (ECL) but was blacklisted by National Accountability Bureau (NAB) as his name was included in Panama Leaks.
Zulfi Bukhari, close friends with PTI Chief, was accompanying Imran Khan during chartered flight to Saudi Arabia for performing Umrah, but was not given clearance to leave country, as his name was apparently on ECL. However, Mr Khan waited for nearly three hours and used his influence to get Zulfi Bukhari One Time Permission to get out of Pakistan, so that he could fly with him. Zulfi Bukhari was issued notice three times to appear before NAB but Zulfi Bukhari refused to appear. His claim of being a British citizen rather than a Pakistani was not found to be good enough by NAB as his father was a public servant.
According to reports, Imran Khan telephoned Caretaker Interior Minister Azam Khan to arrange for his friend's convenient departure to which Azam Khan promptly acted whithout intimating NAB. Furthermore, Azam Khan also happens to be on Imran Khan Foundation Board.
On the other hand, NAB is surprised at how this event unfolded and is taking the matter seriously. In the letter submitted to Prime Minister, it is also stated that the Interior Ministery cannot take any name off the black list as happened in this particular case. Rather, the concerned institution requests the ministery to remove name from the blacklist. Also, according to law, any blacklisted individual wanting removal from the list have to request the concerned departments upon which the matter is investigated and the Interior Ministery is requested only in case removal of any name off the list is sought. However, in Zulfi Bukhari's case, only one call from Imran Khan was enough.
This act by PTI Chief was not welcomed and met a hostile reaction by known journalists.
This time it’s not money trail, it’s phone trail. The phone trail that won Zulfi Bukhari exemption from black list in a jiffy. Action that stunned even the PM. It’s a huge story beginning with Imran Khan’s first call on and on. Who moved the interior secretary, let public know— Kamran Khan (@AajKamranKhan) June 13, 2018
Established beyond any doubt:— omar r quraishi (@omar_quraishi) June 13, 2018
1. Zulfi Bukhari was on ECL & immigration stopped him
2. IK called someone to have ZB removed from ECL
3. Interior Ministry allowed 'one-time 6 day' permission
4. NAB says wasn't consulted
5. Caretaker Interior Min on board of Imran Khan Foundation
Law has to be applied equally to all. Exceptions made for anyone definitely call for a question. Temporary removal of Zulfi Bukhari’s name from ECL must be investigated; those responsible he held accountable. Also, can interim cabinet be trusted to remain neutral now?— Salman Masood (@salmanmasood) June 13, 2018
It is said that following IK’s request the caretaker interior minister Azam Khan had permitted Zulfi Bukhari to leave the country despite being on ECL. It is also said that Azam Khan is associated with IK Foundation. If true then it’s a fit case for Azam Khan’s sacking.— Ansar Abbasi (@AnsarAAbbasi) June 13, 2018
Who manipulated the system to board #IK friend #ZulfiBokhari on a special Umrah flight costing Rs 10 Million? Dawn report.— Arshad Sharif (@arsched) June 13, 2018
How much #ImranKhan paid for his Umrah or was it “sponsored” by British brat Zulfi or from “party funds”? https://t.co/RYpX6dKlib