ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Friday suspended non-bailable arrest warrants of model Ayyan Ali in the murder case of customs inspector Ejaz Mahmoud.
A lower court in Rawalpindi issued arrest warrants for the model on Thursday.
A two-member bench of the apex court heard Ayyan’s appeal and suspended the non-bailable warrants against the model.
The court also issued notices to the secretary interior, SHO Police Station Waris Khan, Rawalpindi and others regarding the suspension.
The model’s counsel, Latif Khosa appealed against arrest warrants in the apex court and said that her client was in jail when the customs inspector was murdered.
Khosa alleged officials of the interior ministry were continuously violating court orders in Ayyan’s case.
“Ayyan Ali is denied from travelling abroad despite court orders,” he said adding that her client is facing threats.
“Ayyan is being threatened by the federal and provincial governments. She is being targeted by government officials for filing a contempt of court petition against the secretary interior, FBR chairman and customs officials,” Khosa said.
The next hearing of the case is scheduled for July 25.
The ‘dollar girl’ was booked in the murder case earlier in June. The petition was filed by inspector Ejaz Mehmood’s widow, accusing model of her husband’s murder.
She had also pleaded to the court to keep Ayyan’s name on the Exit Control List (ECL).
The court ordered the police for the immediate arrest of the model. The court also ordered the police to produce her in the next hearing of the case.
Customs Inspector Ejaz Mehmood was found dead in his apartment in June last year. He was shot in the head by unknown assailants.
Earlier, the top model was arrested on March 14, 2015, on charges of money laundering after customs officials recovered over US $500,000 from her luggage at Islamabad airport before she could reportedly board a flight to Dubai.