Judge of special customs court Arshad Hussain Bhutta had issued perpetual arrest warrants for the model after declaring her a proclaimed offender over continued absence from the proceedings in a currency smuggling case on Saturday (March 9).
“I want to appear before the custom court to prove my innocence in the case”, Ayyan’s plea read.
Article 10-A ensures right of a transparent trial to every citizen of the land, therefore it is requested to suspend the arrest warrants, she added in her plea.
In March 2015 authorities, acting on a tip-off, arrested her at the VIP lounge of Benazir Bhutto International Airport in Islamabad on money laundering charges before she could board a flight to Dubai.
It is pertinent to note that under Pakistani laws, a citizen is barred to carry over $10,000 on a flight.
However, the authorities had found $506,800 tucked in her luggage. She was released on bail in July 2016 and her lawyer claimed she had no intention to take money outside Pakistan.