Pakistan’s well known super model Ayan Ali had been on the top since last few years that she starting leading the senior and quality models too. Her success graph was quite high when suddenly the news surfaced informing she had been arrested from Benazir Bhutto International Airport for carrying over $ 5,00,000 in cash to Dubai on March 14th, 2015. The man accompanying her was Khalid Malik, the brother of Rehman Malik – former interior minister and business partner of Benazir Bhutto and Asif Ali Zardari.
According to the State Bank of Pakistan’s (SBP) foreign exchange regulation, any passenger can not carry more than $ 10,000, or the equivalent amount of another currency abroad.
This led to serious debate that whether Ayan would be released or either tried over her sin. However, she remained on trial for months. The news of arrest stormed the Pakistani media and the news channels were seen playing her pictures with a background song in every news bulletin.
According to the president of Forex Association, Malik Bostan: If what they say is true, then this lady was trying to take out roughly Rs 50 million. That’s no small sum of money.
Ayan, after her arrest, spoke in front of the court for the very first time on July 6th, 2015, while giving her statement in front of Customs Judge Rana Aftab Ahmed Khan, she pleaded innocence by saying, “The money was legal and belonged to me. I never intended to take the money abroad and had to hand over the amount to my brother who was arriving at the Islamabad airport from Dubai the same evening.”
Meanwhile, many leaks leveled that she had any kind of links with one of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP)’s significant names and so she had been taking being transferring his money to Dubai. However, on the same day when she spoke for the first time in front of the court, she rejected all such allegations calling those “cheap”.
From her arrest to the first time she spoke to the bench, her bail appeals were rejected twice by Rawalpindi Bench and Lahore High Court (LHC).
Former Punjab governor and Pakistan People’s Party leader Sardar Latif Khosa protested the charge sheet that was presented against her in front of the court. The court accepted Sardar Latif’s argument and extended the remand to July 13th. He said, “My client intended to hand over the amount to her brother at the airport. Ayan had not even got the boarding pass or clearance from Customs when she was arrested.”
The case took a miserable turn when the money laundering case had a very important proof against her, the custom inspector, Chaudhry Muhamamd Ejaz, who was killed before he could appear in front of the court. Even after the murder of the inspector, no proper investigation was taken in action and the life of an honest servant of Pakistan went in vain.
Although, the nation knew that who was behind the murder of the honest inspector. It really gave a message to the security department of our country that if any one tried to speak truth against the higher authorities, then the result is just in front of the nation.
Some activists also started holding little protests in side with Ayan Ali. A group of civil society activists and members gathered outside the National Press Club in July last year to protest against the character assassination and propaganda against model Ayan Ali. Uzma Osho of the AASS Foundation organized the protest and Ayan’s lawyer, Khurram Latif Khosa also attended the protest.
Protest organiser Uzma Osho said, “This is not just about Ayyan, but about all women. No woman’s personal character should be abused because of a legal case. There are insulting tweets about her neckline, tattoos and choice of perfume, which are irrelevant and degrading.”
Ayan ali was mostly linked to Co Chairman of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Asif Ali Zardari and it was also revealed that the money that Ayan Ali was taking abroad, was also belonged to Asif Ali Zardari or Rehman Malik. Moreover, a news regarding the pregnancy of Ayan Ali was also spread widely. However, her lawyer rejected all such allegations.
Anonymous sources had revealed that Ayan Ali, the notorious model who was caught illegally transferring the money, was allegedly ready to conceive a child. Hilariously, former President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari was believed to be the father of the expected child. A very big personality in Sindh was reportedly worried about the pregnancy of the model and seriously considering abortion as a solution.
Moreover, Zulfiqar Mirza, when asked about Ayan in the program , enunciated that she was the mistress of Zardari.
Finally, Ayan was released on July 16th, 2015 from Adiala Jail on the orders of Lahore High Cout (LHC). After release, she was taken out from the residential area’s gate of the jail to keep her away from the media. Her younger brother and lawyer had also been there in the car with her.
Furthermore, last year in August, Ayan Ali appeared as a guest of honor in an inauguration ceremony conducted by Department of Public Administration, University of Karachi for which an extreme criticism is seen on social media.
Later, the university administration after knowing the fact, had issued show cause notices to students who invited her. It was expected that a disciplinary action be taken against both the students responsible for the act, without prior intimation and approval of university management.
Pakistani nation opposed the appearance of the model saying that a prisoner can not be a chief guest in anyway. People are also blaming the authorities of the universities for the act. The top Twitter trend for that day therefore, emerged out to be #AyanBaniUstani.
Lastly, Rawalpindi’s special court dismissed the supermodel’s acquittal petition on November 6th last year. While presenting arguments in front of the bench that was comprising of Justice Anwarul Haq and Justice Arshad Mahmood Tabassum, Ayan’s lawyer told that the Customs officials had arrested her and raised the fake charges on her. The pursuit strongly denied the absolution petition and announced that Ayan was captured under Section-7 of Customs Act from VIP lounge of the airport while she was heading to Dubai.
Baaghi TV also had an exclusive interview with Ayan’s father in which he revealed many hidden aspects of the case.
This all led Ayan totally down from the industry. The way she had emerged on the fashion industry via modeling and the charm she received by her fans is no more left that way. Lets see what Ayan could do to bring her back on the top graphs.