Pakistan

SC revokes SHC order removing Ayyan Ali’s name from ECL

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Thursday issued a stay order against verdict of the Sindh High Court removing supermodel Ayyan Ali’s name from the Exit Control List (ECL), ARY News reported.

A petition to challenge SHC’s decision on Ayyan Ali was filed by the Customs authorities. The Supreme Court had issued the notice to all respondents and also issued  stay order.

Ali had approached the court in December requesting the removal of her name from the ECL. Her counsel maintained that having her name on the ECL was illegal as authorities had returned her passport.

Read more: The chronology of Ayyan Ali’s currency smuggling case

In her plea last year, the model said she was required to travel abroad for professional assignments and medical treatment, and since she had been released from jail on bail, her name should be struck off the ECL. Ayyan’s name was placed on the ECL on November 23, 2015 by the Interior Ministry.

The SHC on March 7 ordered federal interior ministry to remove the name of model Ayyan Ali from the ECL.

The supermodel was arrested at Islamabad’s Benazir Bhutto International Airport on March 14 last year on charges of money laundering after being caught with over half a million dollars by customs officials. She was released from the jail after 122 days

Ayyan Ali had filed two pleas seeking her bail, but both of them were rejected. The third application filed by Ms Ali was admitted and heard in the Lahore High Court.

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