Model Ayyan Ali slammed Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairperson Imran Khan for referencing her money laundering case in a speech, where he had asserted that Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) co-chair Asif Ali Zardari had been involved in murder of the customs officer investigating the case.
The model said in a series of tweets, that she had ‘fought and won fake cases against her at the age of 20’, and cautioned Imran Khan to remain calm. “Lets see if you can endure what I have endured” she said.
She said that Khan has not been able to give up two habits: using her name to earn television ratings, and the second one being lying. “You have been prime minister for four years, and yet your speeches are still not complete without lying about the fake cases against me,” she tweeted.
In 2015, the model was arrested on accounts of money laundering large sums of money to Dubai. She was stopped by Customs Officials at Islamabad’s Benazir International Airport, who then retrieved $506,000 from her luggage.
She spent four months in Rawalpindi’s Adiala Jail, after which she was released on bail.
In her tweets, Ayyan berated Khan for not getting the facts of her case straight. She said her investigating officer was a man named Saleem, who is alive and well to this day.
She further clarified that the name of the murdered official was Muhammad Aijaz, who was a customs officer, not an investigating officer. Ayyan claimed that his murder had nothing to do with her case, which she claimed was a documented fact.
Muhammad Aijaz, the murdered customs inspector, would have likely been a key prosecution witness in the hearing of the case. His widow, Saima Aijaz asserted that Ayyan Ali was responsible for her husband’s murder, and that the model’s name should be put on the Exit Control List.