SHC issues show cause notice to federal govt in Ayyan Ali case


KARACHI: Sindh High Court on Friday issued a show cause notice to the federal government over not removing name of model girl Ayyan Ali from Exit Control List (ECL) despite court’s order.


During hearing of the case of contempt of court, the court directed the federal government and Ayyan Ali to report the court on May 24 over the issue. The government has not submitted report regarding re-inclusion of Ayyan’s name in ECL.

This should be noted that Ayyan was booked on charges of currency smuggling.

Ayyan’s lawyer Latif Khosa had contended that the federal government has committed contempt of court by not putting his client off the list and requested for taking strict notice of it.

At first, the Interior Ministry had Ayyan’s name stricken off from the ECL. However, the FIA had contacted the Interior Ministry and urged it to reinstate the supermodel’s name in the ECL since she was being investigated for money laundering. The Interior Ministry had then included Ayyan’s name again in the ECL.

The supermodel had been arrested from Islamabad airport last year in March, after more than USD 500,000 had been confiscated from her. Ayyan was arrested and sent to Adiala Jail on charges of money laundering and currency smuggling. Four months later, she was released on bail.

Following the Supreme Court’s orders, Ayyan had attempted to leave for Dubai but was stopped at the Jinnah International Airport in Karachi by airport authorities, who said that they could not let her pass since her name was still mentioned in the ECL.