Rawalpindi - Ayyan Ali will return to court today (Wednesday) in Rawalpindi as customs officials seek a hearing on the charges of money smuggling.

Lawyers for the model will demand the sitting is suspended as Ayyan Ali has resorted to the higher courts to overturn her indictment for attempting to travel out of the country with more than $500,000 in her luggage.

The 22-year-old has been on bail since last month, when a court freed her from detention and returned her passport. However she has not been able to travel outside of Pakistan as her name is on the exit control list.

The Pakistan Customs investigators plan to produce a total of 11 witnesses before Customs, Taxation and Anti Smuggling Special Judge Rana Aftab Ahmed Khan to support their claims in the high profile case.

Khurram Latif Khosa, who is representing the super model in the money smuggling case, argues the court has no authority to hear the case. He told The Nation that the indictment had been challenged at the Lahore High Court. Despite the lower court’s defiance of normal practice Khurram said the model would appear at the hearing. “My client is a law abiding citizen and will appear before lower court,” he added.

Zargham Khan, a Pakistan Customs’ investigation officer, has responded with a charge that the defence is time-wasting in its attempts to get the matter overturned in the higher court.

He said that he had produced witnesses on four hearings to get recorded their statements only to have the hearings adjourned after defence submissions. “We are pursuing the currency smuggling case on eight different places at once as the model approaches court in Sindh or some time in Lahore to dodge the Customs’ investigators,” Zargham.

Ayyan was arrested at the Benazir Bhutto Islamabad International Airport police alleged she was attempting to smuggle $506800 via Dubai-bounded flight.

The Customs court indicted model Ayyan Ali for her crime. She was granted bail in July after spending four months in  Adaila Jail but was not released until last month as she faced hearings in a succession of courts 18 times.