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Supreme Court orders Ayyan Ali’s name to be struck off ECL

Islamabad: The Supreme Court of Pakistan finally issued its verdict allowing super model Ayyan Ali to fly for abroad on Wednesday. 

Supreme Court of Pakistan ordered Federal Interior Ministry to struck off Ayyan Ali’s name from Exit Control List (ECL). Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, who was heading a three-member bench of the apex court, issued a brief ruling that was reserved last week.

The Supreme Court said in the verdict that the model could be allowed to leave the country to meet her mother as the model had claimed that her mother is under treatment in Dubai.

Ayyan Ali submitted a written reply over the pleas in which she termed the act of including her name in ECL as illegal.

She said the Constitution of Pakistan gives freedom of transportation to every citizen and no action can be taken without following legal proceeding in this regard.

On March 7, the Sindh High Court (SHC) had also issued instructions for removal of Ayyan Ali’s name from ECL.

However Sindh High Court also accepted a request of Customs official in which they preyed to the court to give fourteen days to implement the order.

Ayyan was arrested by the Customs officials from Benazir Bhutto International Airport, Islamabad, in March 2015 on charges of smuggling US $500,000 abroad.

She spent three months in jail before being released on bail in July last year.

Customs Department also announced to confiscate the model’s money US $500,000 which she was allegedly smuggling abroad.

After almost nine months of her arrest, the model was indicted in the currency smuggling case but she pleaded not guilty to the charges.