SHC reserves verdict on Ayyan Ali’s petition

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Wednesday reserved its verdict on a petition filed by Super Model Ayyan Ali who requested for the removal of her name from Exit Control List (ECL).

SHC bench, headed by Justice Ahmed Ali M Shaikh, reserved the verdict after Additional Attorney General Salman Talibuddin and Ayyan’s counsel Latif Khosa concluded their arguments. The date of judgment’s pronouncement will be fixed later.

Earlier, Ayyan’s counsel submitted that placing her name in ECL is the violation of fundamental rights and it is also the violation of Article 18 of Pakistan’s Constitution. Citing the interior ministry and airport authorities as respondents, the petitioner prayed to the court to direct them to remove her name from ECL.

Earlier the customs authorities returned the passport of Ayyan Ali, who is facing charges of currency smuggling, after the special court of Customs, Excise and Taxation in Rawalpindi approved her plea of returning passport.

Super Model Ayyan was arrested from Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Airport, Islamabad on 14th March this year when she was allegedly trying to smuggle half million US dollars. The passport of Ayyan Ali and $500,000 was confiscated by customs authorities.