Acquired the money by selling property to Rehman Malik’s brother: Ayyan

Ayyan apologised to court saying she had no knowledge of the law barring citizens from flying out with a large sum. Photo courtesy: Ayyan Facebook official page

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani supermodel Ayyan, who is currently detained in a case of money laundering for attempting to fly abroad with US $500,000, divulged before a Custom Court in Rawalpindi that she acquired the sum by selling a property to Former interior minister Rehman Malik’s brother Khalid Malik.

Khalid Malik was allegedly set to travel with Ayyan on the same flight on Saturday morning when she was detained.

Judge Mumtaz Hassan Chaudhry presided over a hearing of Ayyan’s bail plea during which she submitted a written response to the court.

The model apologised, and asserted that she had no knowledge of the law that bars citizens from carrying an undeclared amount exceeding $10,000 to a foreign country.

Ayyan’s father Raja Hafeez, who was present at the hearing, claimed that the allegation against his daughter was “nothing but propaganda”.

He also requested the court to investigate why Ayyan chose to sell her property to Khalid Malik.

Ayyan was booked to travel on a flight to Dubai from Benazir Bhutto International Airport Saturday morning when Customs officials recovered about US $500,000 from her luggage.

According to the Airport Security Force (ASF), officials spotted the currency tucked away in the pockets of a suitcase she had in her carry-on luggage.

Deputy Collector Customs Naveed Bugvi told nnp ASF officers stopped Ayyan at the Rawal Lounge after baggage scanners detected an anomaly.

“Customs officials were called and Customs Collector Zeba Azhar found $506,800 in the suitcase,” he said. Mr Bugvi said an FIR was registered under the Customs Act 1969.

Following the registration of a case, Ayyan was sent to the District Headquarters (DHQ) Hospital for a medical checkup.

The court reserved its decision on the bail plea.