SHC postpones Ayyan Ali’s hearing in ECL removal plea


RAWALPINDI: Sindh High Court (SHC) on Friday has adjourned hearing of model Ayyan Ali’s plea seeking removal of her name from Exit Control List (ECL) until February 8.


The high court has postponed hearing of cases across the board owing to death of a senior lawyer Akhtar Ali Mehmood.

The model turned singer is defending a currency smuggling case.

She was arrested at Benazir International Airport in March 2015 for attempting to smuggle United States (US) Dollar to Middle East.

Customs authorities had launched a formal investigation in the matter while the case was taken to the customs court.

Earlier in December, the special court of customs, excise and taxation approved Ayyan Ali’s surety bonds worth Rs 2 million to return her passport which was confiscated after her arrest.

However, the accused was formally convicted before that in December.

During the hearing that indicted her, the court had maintained that Ali’s passport is an important documentary evidence in the currency smuggling case.

Whereas, counsel of the defendant, Khurram Latif Khosa told the court that the passport is Ali’s “bread and butter” as she frequently travels abroad for modeling contracts.