RAWALPINDI: The special court of customs, excise and taxation here on Wednesday approved model Ayyan Ali's application to return her passport which was confiscated upon her arrest in March in a currency-smuggling case.
The court had summoned a response from customs officials on the application earlier filed by Ayyan for the return of her passport.
In a response, customs investigation officer Inspector Saleem expressed reservations regarding the return of Ayyan's passport.
The customs officer said three passports had been confiscated from Ayyan upon her arrest.
Ayyan's passport is important documentary evidence in the currency smuggling case and it is possible that if her passport was returned, Ayyan would leave for a foreign country, the customs official told Judge Rana Aftab Ahmed.
He added that the model's departure from the country will affect the currency smuggling case being heard by the customs court.
'Passport is her bread and butter'
However, Ayyan's counsel Khurram Latif Khosa told the court that the passport is Ayyan's "bread and butter" as she frequently travels abroad as part of her modelling contracts. The model serves as a cultural ambassador and serves Pakistan internationally, Khosa said.