ISLAMABAD - The Interior Ministry on Tuesday approached the top court against the Sindh High Court judgment to remove supermodel Ayyan Ali’s name from Exist Control List.

The SHC on March 7 had ordered the secretary Ministry of Interior to immediately remove model’s name from the ECL and submit compliance report within 14 days. However, Collector Custom, on behalf of the federation, challenged that order in the apex court.

A three-judge bench, headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal, on March 17 hearing the appeal had suspended the Sindh High Court order to remove her name from ECL. The Interior Ministry requested the court not to remove Ayyan’s name, adding that the model was intimated about including her name in the ECL. She instead of filing review petition before the ministry approached the SHC. The ministry has prayed the apex court to declare the SHC order for removing supermodel’s name from ECL as null and void. Ayyan Ali was arrested by customs officials from the Benazir Bhutto International Airport, Islamabad on March 14, 2015 after $506,800 was recovered from her luggage. She was released from Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi after almost four months in detention. She has already been indicted in the money laundering case but denies the charges.

Ayyan Ali last week filed an application for early hearing of her case. She pleaded that she desperately needs to travel abroad for the fulfillment of her professional obligation and to see her ailing mother in Dubai.

The model has requested the apex court to dismiss the government’s appeal against Sindh High Court’s March 7 order.

Ayyan’s application said that her constitutional rights guaranteed by Articles 2-A, 4, 5, 9, 25,10-A etc are being ruthlessly violated as judgment of the SHC has already adjudged and vindicated her grievance by accepting her petition.

The statement says that Ayyan has given huge sureties for her release on bail and towards superdari of her passport; therefore, there is no question of her absconsion.

It is also expressed apprehension that Ayyan would be put to colossal financial loss if she does not fulfill her contractual obligation as can be evidenced from the notice she has received from her manager who is representing worldwide interest regarding her work as an artist and modeling job etc.