Court to announce verdict on removal of Zulfi Bukhari’s name from ECL

Court to announce verdict on removal of Zulfi Bukhari’s name from ECL

Islamabad (Staff Report): The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday will announce its verdict on a petition filed by Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on Overseas Pakistanis Zulfi Bukhari, seeking to remove his name from the Exit Control List (ECL).


A two-member IHC bench comprising Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani will today announce the verdict that it had reserved in a previous hearing on Dec 4.

During the hearing, Justice Kiyani had remarked that it seems as if the PM’s adviser has not provided any details to The National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

The IHC judge had also asked whether the anti-graft watchdog did not want to keep Bukhari’s name on the ECL list.

The NAB prosecutor informed the court that this is not the case, as they had only asked for his name to be removed once before.

The NAB had initiated an inquiry against Bukhari after his name appeared in the Panama Papers as he owns six offshore companies.

In August, the Interior Ministry placed Bukhari's name on the ECL following the anti-graft body’s request.

Zulfi Bukhari is facing another case in the Supreme Court, where his appointment as premier’s aide was challenged on account of his dual nationality