Currency smuggling: IHC issues notice to Ayyan Ali

Staff Reporter

Islamabad—Islamabad High Court on Friday issued notice to model Ayyan Ali in plea seeking legal action against her under money laundering sections. The plea was filed by Federal Board of Revenue requesting the court to annul Customs court’s verdict and act against the model under Anti-Money Laundering Act.
Customs Special Judge had rejected a plea in the matter on March 30. The Islamabad High Court has summoned a reply from Ayyan Ali within two weeks.
Ayyan Ali was booked after she was found in possession of at least $506,800 in cash at Benazir International Airport in March last year.
She was to board a private airline’s flight to United Arab Emirates. The currency smuggling case against her also saw a feud with the Interior Ministry. She was permitted by the Sindh High Court to travel abroad ordering the ministry to remove her name from the Exit Control List.
Ayyan had approached the Supreme Court over delay in compliance with the high court’s verdict. The Supreme Court upheld high court’s decision and ordered Interior Minister to omit her name. However, her passport was again taken back as another plea was filed.

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