SC accepts petition seeking Zulfi Bukhari’s disqualification


ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Monday accepted a petition seeking the disqualification of Zulfi Bukhari, the prime minister’s special assistant on overseas Pakistanis and human resource development.
While fixing the hearing for November 16, Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar asked what portfolio Bukhari holds.
Upon being told that he is Prime Minister Imran Khan’s special assistant, the chief justice asked Bukhari’s lawyer: “Tell me if an ordinary citizen can become a minister despite possessing dual nationality?”
The petitioners Muhammad Adil Chattha from Lahore and Mirza Abdul Moiz Baig from Karachi have also made PM Khan a party in their application.
The court issued notices to PM Khan, Bukhari and secretary of cabinet division.
When Bukhari was first appointed as special assistant to the PM, questions were raised in opposition circles due to his dual nationality.
It is also pertinent to mention that the PM’s special assistant is facing an inquiry by the National Accountability Bureau for allegedly owning offshore companies in British Virgin Islands and assets beyond his known sources of income.


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