SC suspends SHC’s decision to remove Ayyan Ali’s name from ECL

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Thursday suspended an earlier order of the Sindh High Court (SHC) to remove model Ayyan Ali’s name from the Exit Control List (ECL).

On March 7, the SHC had directed the authorities concerned to remove Ayyan Ali’s name from the ECL.

The three-member bench of the court headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan and comprising Justice Qazi Faez Isa and Justice Maqbool Baqar heard the case filed by Federation of Pakistan through Collector of Customs against SHC verdict to remove model’s name from ECL.

Custom’s lawyer Farhat Nawaz Lodhi adopted the stance that interior ministry listed Ayyan’s name in ECL through memorandum which can be challenged but Ayyan accepted the decision by not filing any appeal against the decision.

Interior Ministry will also challenge the verdict which permitted to remove Ayyan’s name from ECL, he said.

Ayyan’s lawyer Lateef Khosa argued that appeal against the memorandum can be made in 15 days but her client came to know about the inclusion of name in ECL after three months.

The court after hearing the arguments deferred the hearing till next week and has sought a written reply from Ayyan’s lawyer.

It is to mention that Ayyan Ali was arrested from the Benazir Bhutto International Airport in March last year after custom officials discovered over half a million dollars in her suitcase.

Her name was subsequently placed on the ECL on November 20, 2015 Ayyan, now on bail, is under trial in the Customs Court at Rawalpindi on charges of attempting to smuggle $500,000 out of the country.