Top officer of former president raised hue and cry over Ayyan Ali’s arrest

Officials from Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) and Airport Security Force (ASF) revealed on Thursday that an important officer of former president raised the most hue and cry when model Ayyan Ali was arrested on charges of money laundering in 2015.

Briefing the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat earlier today, a top official of ASF told the committee that security agencies often face hindrances in their work due to political pressure.

He said a video of Ayyan Ali is present which reveals an “important officer” from the previous government as her facilitator.

The ASF official added that the officer in question made the most noise when the model was arrested. The security agencies were told that the money was being sent to a mosque, he revealed further.

Ayyan Ali was stopped at Islamabad’s Benazir Bhutto International Airport on March 14, 2015 before reportedly boarding a flight to Dubai. She was arrested on charges of money laundering after customs officials recovered $506,000 from her luggage.

In November 2015, Ayyan pleaded guilty when she was indicted for attempting to smuggle more than half a million dollars in cash out of the country.

Ayyan’s name was also put on the Exit Control List which was finally lifted in February this year by the interior ministry, after which she was able to fly out of the country.

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