Zulfi Bukhari returns to Pakistan, offers himself for accountability

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Islamabad

Former special assistant to prime minister (SAPM) Zulfi Bukhari said on Wednesday that he offered himself for inquiry into Rawalpindi Ring Road scam.

Talking to reporters at Islamabad Airport soon after returning from the UAE, Zulfi Bukhari said he would appear before any inquiry team, if summoned in order to prove his innocence.

“Although Prime Minister Imran Khan had advised me not to resign, I decided otherwise so that I could clear my name,” he said, and hoped that soon truth would be separated from falsehood and his political opponents would be disappointed.

Zulfi said previously too he had proven his innocence and would succeed this time as well. The former SAPM had flown abroad on May 28 in connection with an urgent piece of work.

After being named in the Ring Road scam, Zulfi Bukhari on May 17 had conditionally resigned to clear his name in the probe.

He announced his resignation on Twitter saying, “My Prime Minister has always said that if a person has been named rightly or wrongly in any inquiry, he should cease to hold any public office till his name has been cleared of charges”.

He said, “Owing to the allegations in ongoing Ring Road inquiry, I want to set this example”.

He also twitted that by resigning from his position until his name was cleared up of any allegations and the media’s obnoxious lies.

Later it was reported that Zulfi Bukhari did not resign from his post as special assistant to the prime minister for overseas Pakistanis on his own rather he was forced by Imran Khan to tender the resignation.

After inside story of the Ring Road project saga scam came to surface Prime Minister Imran Khan had summoned Zulfi Bukhari for an explanation but he failed to satisfy his boss in a one-on-one meeting.

The inquiry report had identified the links between Zulfi Bukhari and Nova City. According to the sources, the PM Office has ordered an inquiry into the Benami properties of Nova City.—INP