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SHC orders removal of Ayyan’s name from ECL by 9th

SHC orders removal of Ayyan’s name from ECL by 9th

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court again allowed on Thursday supermodel Ayyan Ali to travel abroad and directed the interior ministry to remove her name from the Exit Control List by June 9.

A two-judge bench of the SHC headed by Justice Ahmed Ali M. Sheikh once again quashed the memorandum regarding the placement of her name on the ECL and asked the ministry to remove it.

However, the bench ruled that its order would take effect on June 9, providing an opportunity to the federal government, if it desired so, to move the Supreme Court against its order.

The model was arrested in March last year on the charges of money laundering after customs officials seized around $506,000 from her luggage at Islamabad airport before she could reportedly board a flight to Dubai.

She was granted bail in July last year. The model is facing trial before a customs court for allegedly trying to smuggle more than half a million dollars out of the country.

She had approached the SHC to seek contempt of court proceedings against the interior ministry, Federal Investigation Agency and others for placing her name on the ECL hours after it was deleted on an SHC order.

On March 7, the SHC had struck down a memorandum of the interior ministry about restricting the model from travelling abroad and allowed her to do so. The apex court had also upheld the SHC order on April 13 after the state filed an appeal against the SHC judgement.

The model’s lawyers argued that regardless of superior courts orders, the petitioner’s name was again put on the ECL which amounted to deliberately and willfully violating the orders.

They contended that the respondents had obstructed and violated the court orders, and pleaded to initiate contempt of court proceedings against them.

They also asked for the removal of her name from the ECL in compliance with the court’s March 7 order.

Published in Dawn, June 3rd, 2016

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