ISLAMABAD: Syed Zulfiqar Abbas Bukhari, a close aide of Prime Minister Imran Khan, was appointed the special assistant to the premier on overseas Pakistanis and human resource development.
Bukhari is currently being investigated by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in connection with establishing offshore companies in the British Virgin Islands (BVI).
The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) supporter was recently embroiled in a controversy when he was stopped from flying to Saudi Arabia with the PTI chief only to be granted a one-time permission later to perform Umrah and return in six days.
Sources in the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) told The Express Tribune that Bukhari was stopped by FIA immigration officials at the Noor Khan Airbase during his immigration process. Bukhari was told that his name was placed on the Exit Control List (ECL).
In July, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) maintained a petition filed by Bukhari seeking removal of his name from the blacklist and dismissed another petition questioning his and the PTI chairman’s use of the Noor Khan airbase in Islamabad for a private flight to Saudi Arabia.
On July 15, the IHC permitted the Ministry of Interior to decide an application of NAB, which sought Bukhari’s name on ECL, in connection with establishing offshore companies in the British Virgin Islands (BVI). IHC’s Justice Aamer Farooq held that the MoI shall be at liberty to take appropriate action in accordance with the law on NAB’s application for placing Bukhari’s name on the ECL.