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Non-bailable arrest warrants issued for Ayaan in Customs inspector murder case

Updated Jul 21, 2016 01:48pm


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RAWALPINDI: A non-bailable arrest warrant has been issued for model Ayaan Ali in the murder case of Customs Inspector Ejaz Mehmood.

A local court ordered police to arrest the accused immediately. Warrants have also been issued for others accused in the case, including Customs Superintendent Zargham and Dr Haroon. All three have been ordered to appear before the court within 10 days by Magistrate Gulfam Latif Butt.

The court issued the three warrants after police included Custom Superintendent Zargham and Dr Haroon in the case after Ayaan and Mehmood's widow, Saima, recorded their statements with the police in person.

Police recorded the statements after Mehmood’s widow complained in an application to the magistrate that a year had passed since her husband’s murder, but the police had yet to record her statement and those of her brothers-in-law.

Ayaan was also ordered by the court to record a statement with the police, but sent a written statement instead, which was rejected.

In her statement to the police, Saima said her husband was a witness in the currency smuggling case against Ayaan Ali as well as an investigator. She alleged Mehmood was killed when he refused to succumb to pressure and change the course of the investigation in favour of Ayaan.

Saima also alleged that Customs Superintendent Zargham is an accomplice to the murder as well as Dr Haroon, who she claimed tampered with Mehmood’s post-mortem report.

Mehmood was shot dead by unknown assailants at his home in June 2015. His widow, Saima, claimed in a petition that he was killed at the behest of the model because he was the custodian of the case property and under continuous threat and pressure to manoeuvre and manipulate the evidence to favour Ayaan. But Mehmood refused to succumb to the pressure.

Ayaan's name was placed back in the Exit Control List (ECL), despite being earlier removed on Supreme Court orders, on the request of Customs authorities following a petition by Mehmood's widow.

In her petition, Saima had requested the court to keep the model’s name in the ECL until her husband’s murder case is decided.

The Ayaan saga

A customs court had indicted the model last year for attempting to smuggle more than half a million dollars in cash out of the country, to which she pleaded not guilty.

The model was arrested on March 14, 2015, on charges of money laundering after customs officials recovered $506,000 from her luggage at Islamabad’s Benazir Bhutto International Airport before she could reportedly board a flight to Dubai.

She was granted bail in July last year after spending around four months in Rawalpindi’s Adiala Jail and after her judicial remand had been extended at least 16 times.

The case against the model took a political turn when the airport entry pass of the personal assistant to a former president was cancelled for allegedly trying to facilitate Ayyan’s suspected attempt to smuggle money.


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Comments (21) Closed

Malik Jul 21, 2016 11:18am

She must be put in investigation until the end of case. My sympathy is with Mrs. Ejaz

Javed Akhter Jul 21, 2016 11:25am

Justice to be done for all despite the personality clash or otherwise.

Fahim Jul 21, 2016 11:33am

She is a suspected criminal and should not allowed to leave this country until case resolved and punishment impose. My sympathy is with the family of honest officer, may his widow and family get justice inshAllah.

Harris Jul 21, 2016 12:06pm

I salute the custom officer and pray for him.. These are the people who will build Pakistan... Wrong has to be stopped when witnessed in our country..

Maqsood Jul 21, 2016 12:59pm

Justice should given to Inspector who was loyal to the country.

Amin Jul 21, 2016 02:38pm

About time

Soomro Jul 21, 2016 02:41pm

The brave Customs Inspector Ejaz Mehmood was loyal to his work and must get rewarded from the money he confiscated from Ayan (at least 25%). We need to encourage our law enforcing agents!! Ayan should now be sent to Adiala until justice is done for Ejaz.

Hasrat Jul 21, 2016 03:18pm

Unsung heroes of Pakistan. Salam to him and his family for standing up to justice. Now, it's time for the judges to deliver on their oath and provide justice.

parveez Jul 21, 2016 03:36pm

Agree with all the comments below. But I would like to know were €500000+ is . Is the state holding it. Rich or poor must pay for their crimes. At the moment only the poor go to prison. And most of these criminals are forced to go in to patty crimes. If jobs were available most of them would not turn to crime

Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Jul 21, 2016 04:01pm

Good decision.

Alba Jul 21, 2016 05:09pm

She knows a lot, but she is not talking.

Abdulla Hussain Jul 21, 2016 06:06pm

Give this case of Ayaan to Rangers for investigation. Even after one year of this case behind the scene operators of money laundering racket have still not got arrested.

Muhammad Qureshi Jul 21, 2016 06:18pm

Justice delayed is justice reason to delay this any further...why it has so far no one knows...but then again this is Pakistan.

Chishti Jul 21, 2016 07:16pm

May this brave man's sacrifice for his principles & love of country bring justice & accountability in this country. Salute to him & his widow!

Alex USA Jul 21, 2016 08:15pm

Play with fire ,u r likely to get burn.

Rais iizaidi Jul 21, 2016 11:17pm

@Hasrat ,yes you are right.Mrs .Ejaz is as brave as Malala and Fatima jinnah.The nation should stand with her,otherwise the corrupt elite class and criminals will terrorise and harm the brave and honest family.

Kala Ingrez - کالا انگریز - काला अंग्रेज - কালো ইংরাজি Jul 21, 2016 11:30pm

All PPP rank and file involved in this case at any level should be arrested and punished.

nac Paris Jul 22, 2016 12:46am

The time has come for her to expose all behind her saga otherwise she will rot in jail?????

Mumtaz Ahmed Shah Jul 22, 2016 08:51am

Custom Inspector Ejaz Mahmood( late )was an honest officer who have not compromised with illegal pressure and reluctant to change the course of investigation in favor of Ayaan . Saima (wife of Mahmood ) rightly knocked the door of court to keep model's name in ECL till her husband 's murder case is decided . Justice should prevail in the said murder case (Texas )

aslam shaikh1 Jul 22, 2016 03:12pm

I hope justice is served and severe punishments given to people involved.

saeed Jul 23, 2016 03:23am

Sympathies for the widow