Islamabad (Staff Report): The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday accepted a petition seeking the disqualification of the prime minister's special assistant on overseas Pakistanis and human resource development Zulfi Bukhari.
A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar heard a petition challenging Bukhari’s appointment as he holds dual national.
Petitioners Muhammad Adil Chattha from Lahore and Mirza Abdul Moiz Baig from Karachi made Prime Minister Imran Khan a party in their petition.
During the hearing, the top judge asked what portfolio has been assigned to the PM’s close aide, to which, the counsel for Bukhari said that his client is a special assistant to the prime minister.
The chief justice asked Bukhari’s lawyer: “Tell me if an ordinary citizen can become a minister despite having dual nationality?”
The hearing of the case is fixed for Nov 16.
On September 17, Khan had appointed Bukhari as his special assistant. The London-based businessman, who is a close friend of PM Imran, has the status of a minister of state.