Ayyan Ali, a ‘trump card’ to be used in Panama Leaks saga

By Ambreen Fatima

(Pakdestiny.com) Supermodel Ayyan Ali was stopped minutes before flying to Dubai at Karachi airport on Wednesday, her name is placed again on ECL.

It appears that the quarters concerned do not want to let this ‘bird’ escape that has a lot more in her possession about certain political personalities especially of the PPP.

“This bird cannot be allowed to fly freely because she will be used when the PML-N government faces some tough times in days to come regarding Panama Leaks,” a government source told Pakdestiny. He said it is believed that she was a ‘trump card’ forcing Zardari not to leave the Sharifs in difficult times.

Ayyan, who is facing money laundering charges, had her name struck off Exit Control List (ECL) by Sindh High Court but was not allowed to board a Dubai-bound flight.

The officials maintained that interior ministry has so far not sent any notification to immigration authorities regarding the move, therefore they cannot allow her to fly abroad.

On Tuesday, Sindh High Court directed the interior ministry to strike the name of model Ayyan Ali off the exit control list by Wednesday and allow her to travel abroad.

Copy of notification issued by interior ministry
Copy of notification issued by interior ministry

The model was arrested on March 14, 2015, at Benazir Bhutto International Airport in Islamabad while trying to travel abroad and carrying foreign currency worth $506,800 without permission of the State Bank of Pakistan and without any lawful excuse as to why she was taking the money abroad.

ow in the fresh petition filed through Advocate Faiz-ur-Rehman, the ministry pleaded that the June 2 high court order was not sustainable under the law since the name of the model had been placed on the list in accordance with ECL Rules 2010 and ECL policy notified on Sept 16, 2015.

According to Ayyan Ali, 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 is also facing the FIR in which she is alleged by the wife of a Customs Inspector Ijaz who was killed during investigation of her case. Pak Ddestiny


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