ISLAMABAD: Federal inside secretary removed Zulfi Bukhari’s name from the blacklist, after which he was allowed to depart for Saudi Arabia together with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan, sources mentioned.
Imran, who went to Saudi Arabia for Umrah, was adamant on taking Zulfi to Saudi Arabia and waited three hours for him on the airport. Zulfi was ultimately allowed by immigration authorities to depart the nation.
It have to be famous that the interim federal inside minister Azam Khan is a member of the board of Imran Khan Foundation. The basis’s web site reveals the identical.
The London-based businessman was granted a one-time permission (OTP) by the Interior Ministry to carry out Umrah and return in six days, regardless of his name being on the blacklist. It has now emerged that his name was removed from the blacklist.
On Monday, Bukhari was stopped from flying to Saudi Arabia together with Imran Khan.
However, a couple of hours later following the Interior Ministry’s notification, Bukhari together with Imran and his spouse, Bushra Maneka, departed for Saudi Arabia by way of a constitution flight from Nur Khan airbase.
The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Wednesday despatched a report back to the Prime Minister’s Office over permitting Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan’s shut buddy Zulfi Bukhari to journey overseas.
The MoI, on the suggestions of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), which is investigating him since December 2017 after his name appeared within the Panama Papers, had included Zulfi Bukhari’s name to the Blacklist class which barred people from leaving overseas.
According to inside ministry sources, the report states that individuals on the blacklist will not be given one-time permission (OTP) to journey overseas. If such permission is to be thought of, the MoI requires suggestions from the establishment on whose request the person was positioned on the checklist by the ministry.
A change in regulation in 2015 made the ministry of inside answerable for sustaining a listing and placement of a person on blacklist. For a person to have himself delisted, he has to submit a request to the ministry, after which a delegated committee on the matter takes resolution.
If the establishment on whose request the individual was blacklisted permits, solely then can the ministry delists it.
Sources added that Zulfi Bukhari’s name was positioned in Category B of the blacklist and MoI sought no opinion from the NAB earlier than permitting him to go overseas.
Sources additional knowledgeable Geo News that NAB expressed severe concern over the matter, after it was not approached by MoI.
Geo News tried to contact excessive degree officers in NAB in addition to the inside ministry however the authorities failed to reply.
Zulfi bukhari additionally didn’t remark both when he was approached on the matter.
The caretaker prime minister earlier sought a report over granting of permission to Bukhari to journey overseas.