IHC reserves verdict in Zulfi Bukhari’s name on blacklist case

Zulfi Bukhari

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday reserved its verdict on a petition filed against Zulfi Bukhari’s name placed on a blacklist.
Resuming hearing of the case, Justice Aamer Farooq questioned as to what law was in place regarding blacklisting of any individual.
The judge further questioned how an individual with dual nationality could be blacklisted.
A request was made to place [Bukhari’s] name on ECL, but he was placed on blacklist instead, the judge remarked, questioning why Bukhari’s name was removed from the blacklist after a phone call.
Upon this, Deputy Attorney General informed the court that Bukhari’s CNIC, not passport, was cancelled.
The judge then questioned the legal standing of the procedure, to which the official responded that the Interior Ministry had a standard operating procedure for such matters.
Bukhari’s counsel pleaded the court to remove Bukhari’s name from the blacklist, as his client’s business and family were based in Britain.
Aafter listening to all the parties, the judge reserved his verdict on the matter.
Zulfi Bukhari is a close friend of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan and his name has been placed on blacklist but he was still allowed to leave for Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah.

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