Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan’s close aide Zulfi Bukhari was interrogated by an investigative team of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Monday. The London-based businessman was probed for one-and-a-half hours as he appeared before the accountability body in Rawalpindi for the first time in an ongoing NAB probe against him pertaining to offshore companies. Bukhari, who was accompanied by his counsel, presented details regarding his offshore companies to the accountability body. Speaking to media men as he left the NAB office, Bukhari said, “This was an initial investigation and the case will go on for now.” “NAB has asked me to appear before the investigative team again on Wednesday (July 27),” he further said.
Responding to a question, the PTI chairman’s close aide said, “My name was not on the Exit Control List and I have said this before as well.” On June 21, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) instructed Bukhari to join an ongoing NAB probe against him.
The court issued the directives while hearing two petitions together: one filed by Bukhari seeking removal of his name from the blacklist, and the other where a petitioner has challenged Bukhari’s name removal from the blacklist within mere hours which allowed him to leave the country for Umrah.—INP