KARACHI – Sindh High Court (SHC) suspended an order directing authorities to remove model Ayyan Ali’s name from the Exit Control List (ECL) for ten days. Meanwhile, it has accepted a request filed by the additional attorney general to give more time to the government as it wanted to appeal against the SHC verdict.
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The three-member bench of the SHC heard the case on Thursday.
Earlier SHC ordered same day the removal of model Ayyan Ali’s name from the Exit Control List. The order was issued by the referee judge of SHC, Justice Naimatullah Phulpoto.
“Ayyan will leave the country to meet her ailing mother, as soon as she gets a copy of the court’s verdict,” one of her lawyers, Qadir Khan Mandokhel, said while talking to the media at SHC.
Previously, the senior member of the two-member bench formed for the case, Justice Ahmed Ali Sheikh, had said the matter did not fall within the jurisdiction of SHC as her name was put in the ECL at the request of the Punjab government.
According to another lawyer of the model, Lateef Khosa, an illegal proceeding was taking place against Ayyan.
On the other hand, Additional Attorney General Salman Talibuddin was of the view that the Punjab government put Ayyan’s name in ECL in the murder case of the custom inspector. He added the matter did not fall within the jurisdiction of the SHC.
The model was arrested on March 14, 2015 on charges of money laundering after customs officials recovered $506,000 from her luggage at Islamabad’s Benazir Bhutto International Airport before she could board a flight to Dubai.-Online