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SHC invalidates govt memorandum of keeping Ayyan’s name on ECL

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court has nullified memorandum that placed supermodel Ayyan Ali’s name on the Exit Control List (ECL), ARY News reported.

The court has directed the federal government to file its reply within seven days.

The model had submitted a contempt of court plea at the SHC against the  federal government for not striking her name off the ECL despite court orders.


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

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

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

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