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Will not take a second to give up British citizenship if PM orders: Sayed Zulfikar Bukhari

SAPM Sayed Zulfikar Bukhari said"I am in Pakistan and they ran to London, their children have fled abroad. I am in Pakistan and their Iqamas are surfacing."

SAPM Sayed Zulfikar Bukhari for overseas Pakistanis and human resource development has said that he will instantly give up his British citizenship if Prime Minister orders him to do so.

He said that our next eight years will be the best for Pakistan and before it, we are not going anywhere. For the next eight years, the opposition should find some job and work. Enough is enough. They have looted the country and now they should do some hard work.

Sayed Zulfikar Bukhari has further said that they accused us that we will run in the first chance. He said “I am in Pakistan and they ran to London, their children have fled abroad. I am in Pakistan and their Iqamas are surfacing.” On dual nationality, he will not agree to Khawaja Asif’s speech but decisions should be made in this regard after the debate.

On what basis 2000000 rupees are coming to Khawaja Asif from other countries, he inquired. “My whole business is abroad. But from where he is getting money. What type of work they are doing that he cannot declare it.”

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The special assistant said that he is with the Prime Minister and will always be with him. He said they will continue to serve the country in whatever capacity we can, he added.

He said he has come to Pakistan for good. Moreover, the Supreme Court has also given the decision in favor of Sayed Zulfikar Bukhari on the issue of dual citizenship. Law is very clear about it that a special assistant to prime minister doesn’t need to quit the citizenship of another country. Even then if Prime Minister asked him to forsake his UK citizenship he would not take more than two seconds to do so.

He responded to the ongoing backlash after the release of asset details of advisers and assistants to Prime Minister.

Sayed Zulfikar Bukhari: assets and citizenship

Last month in July, Prime Minister Imran Khan’s 20 advisers and assistants had declared the details and nationality of their assets under strong pressures from media and opposition parties. The list of their possessions was published on the official website of the Pakistan government’s cabinet division. At least six advisers including Sayed Zulfikar Bukhari turned out to be dual nationals. SAPM on Overseas Pakistanis Syed Zulfiqar Abbas Bukhari turned out to be the United Kingdom citizen. Along with the declaration of nationality, the advisers and assistants also publicized the details of their movable and immovable assets of worth million dollars.

The details revealed that Sayed Zulfikar Bukhari has assets worth over Rs 2 billion. The details show Zulfikar Bukhari has four gifted or inherited properties in Pakistan. His properties in the United Kingdom include- a flat, furniture, and painting worth £5.28million (Rs1 billion). Bukhari also owns four luxury vehicles in the UK, worth more than £578,000 (Rs121million) and one Toyota Land Cruiser in Pakistan. He also owns around Rs357million in banks and cash and around Rs482m in business capital.

He is an active member of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and a close aid to the Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan. After the 2018 elections victory, Imran Khan announced his cabinet, and Sayed Zulfikar Bukhari was appointed as a Minister of State. Sayed Zulfikar Bukhari led the major operations to manage the inflows of Overseas Pakistanis following the global coronavirus lockdown.

However, to date, Sayed Zulfikar Bukhari has not given up his British citizenship. He has asked people not to make his citizenship controversial since he is here to serve Pakistan with sincerity.