SHC directs removing Ayyan’s name from ECL, suspends operation of this order for 10 days

March 6, 2016 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Monday directed authorities concerned to remove Model Ayyan Ali’s name from the Exit Control List (ECL), but suspended the operation of its order for 10 days on the request of attorney general.

Ayyan Ali had approached the SHC requesting to allow her to go abroad by removing her name from ECL.

SHC bench, headed by Justice Ahmed Ali M Shaikh, pronounced its verdict directing relevant authorities to remove Ayyan Ali’s name from the list which restrained her to leave the country.

The Attorney General stated the government wanted to go the apex court against the order but needed some time for this purpose. He requested the court to suspend operation of its order. Accepting the request, the SHC delayed the operation of its order for 10 days.

Earlier, Ayyan’s counsel had submitted that placing her name in ECL is the violation of fundamental rights and it is also the violation of Article 18 of Pakistan’s Constitution. Citing the interior ministry and airport authorities as respondents, the petitioner prayed to the court to direct them to remove her name from ECL.

Ayyan was arrested from Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Airport, Islamabad on 14th March this year when she was allegedly trying to smuggle half million US dollars. The passport of Ayyan Ali and $500,000 was confiscated by the customs authorities.