Lahore High court (LHC) has ordered to removed Zulfi Bukhari , a close friend of Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) Leader Imran Khan, name from blacklist.

Earlier on July 3, the Islamabad High Court (IHC), had  reserved its verdict on a petition filed against placement of Zulfi Bukhari’s name on a blacklist.  

Zulfi Bukhari , a close friend of Chairman Paksiatn Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan, was banned from leaving Pakistan but an issue arose when the London-based businessman [Zulfi Bukhari] attempted to leave for Saudi Arabia last month on June 11 with Imran Khan.

Bukhari was later granted a one-time permission to go abroad for six days by the Interior Ministry.

As the hearing resumed today, Justice Aamer Farooq questioned what law was in place regarding blacklisting of any individual.

It was requested to place [Bukhari’s] name on ECL, but he was instead placed on blacklist, the judge remarked, questioning why Bukhari’s name was removed from the blacklist after a phone call.

The judge further questioned how an individual with dual nationality could be blacklisted.

Deputy Attorney General, who was present in the Court, told the Court that Bukhari’s CNIC was cancelled instead of passport. 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.

Meanwhile, Bukhari’s counsel requested the court to remove Bukhari’s name from the blacklist, as his client’s business and family were based in Britain.

Justice Farooq, after listening to all the parties, reserved his verdict on the matter.