SAPM Zulfi Bukhari steps down amid corruption allegations

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistanis Zulfi Bukhari resigned from his post on Monday a day earlier in wake of corruption allegations against him in ongoing Ring Road inquiry.

Zulfi Bukhari took to social media to announce his decision to resign as SAPM on Overseas Pakistanis in light of corruption allegations against him.

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 tweeted.

The PTI leader endorsed a judicial inquiry and categorically denied of any involvement in Ring Road or any other real estate project.

I’m here to stay in Pakistan and ready to face any inquiry, he added.

Ring Road Project And Corruption Allegations

Zulfi Bukhari, Federal Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar have been accused of influencing and realigning Rawalpindi Ring Road (RRR) project to benefit a private housing society.

The Rawalpindi ring road was originally designed from Rewat (Radio Station) to Turnol via Murat on GT Road but after realignment, its termination point was changed to Islamabad-Lahore Motorway (M1).

It has been alleged that the length of the road was increased to give way to housing societies patronized by some local politicians and the original map of the ring road was changed and more new roads were added to it.

map shows the new alignment of the proposed rawalpindi ring road project photo express
The new alignment of the proposed Rawalpindi Ring Road

PM Imran Khan had ordered a fact finding committee to look into the alleged corruption regarding to realignment of RRR project.

The fact-finding panel had termed the land acquisition process illegal and accused the ex-commissioner of purchasing land worth Rs 2.3 billion unnecessarily as well as benefitting eight private housing societies owned by influential people.

Meanwhile, National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Javed Iqbal has directed NAB Rawalpindi to probe into the issue and carry out a transparent and impartial inquiry.