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Ayyan’s father shot, wounded by unknown assailants in Gujar Khan

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RAWALPINDI: The father of supermodel Ayyan, who is currently detained in Adiala jail in a money-laundering case, was shot and injured by unknown motorcyclists near Gujar Khan area on the outskirts of Rawalpindi Saturday.

Ayyan's father Muhammad Hafeez alleged that the people involved in the money-laundering case against his daughter had him attacked.

Meanwhile, a customs court extended for 14 days the judicial remand of Ayyan, who was arrested on March 14 from Benazir Bhutto International Airport for attempting to fly out to Dubai with over $0.5 million.

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After the termination of her earlier 14-day judicial demand at Adiala jail, Ayyan arrived at the hearing which was presided by Justice Mumtaz Hussain Chaudhry in a customs department vehicle. An investigation team comprising customs department personnel was also present at the hearing.

Ayyan was clad in a traditional burqa and a face veil when she arrived at the court amid tight security.

A burqa-clad Ayyan was accompanied by her lawyers and security personnel to the customs court. -DawnNews screengrab
A burqa-clad Ayyan was accompanied by her lawyers and security personnel to the customs court. -DawnNews screengrab

Her lawyer Khurram Latif Khosa presented before the court documentary evidence showing that she acquired the money from her property dealer Mr Mumtaz, who according to her materialised the deal of five files of her properties.

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Customs officials requested the court an extension in Ayyan's judicial remand, following which the court extended her remand for 14 days and ordered her appearance in the court on April 11.

Ayyan's lawyers also requested the court to assign her a class B 'VIP' inmate status which would entitle her to several privileges unavailable to other inmates. They argued that class B status was Ayyan's right because she was an educated personality and a "graduate".

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Customs officials opposed her lawyer's request by maintaining that any inmate arrested in a case of money-laundering cannot be granted class B status. The court deemed correct the objection of customs officials and rejected Ayyan's plea to be granted class B status.

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'Ayyan is being pressurised': father

Ayyan's father Muhammad Hafeez had earlier expressed his concern to media personnel about having personal enmities. -DawnNews screengrab
Ayyan's father Muhammad Hafeez had earlier expressed his concern to media personnel about having personal enmities. -DawnNews screengrab

Ayyan's father Muhammad Hafeez had departed from Gujar Khan on the outskirts of Rawalpindi to attend the hearing in his daughter's case when unknown assailants opened fire at him near Jinnah Hotel.

Police arrived at the scene and the injured man was shifted to Rawalpindi's Benazir Bhutto Hospital where he was reported to be out of danger.

Hafeez had earlier expressed his concern to media personnel about having personal enmities.

After his health condition stabilised, Hafeez claimed while talking to media that he was attacked by people involved in the money-laundering case against his daughter.

He reiterated that money recovered from Ayyan does not belong to her and that "she is being pressurised by certain people".

"The entire media knows who the money belongs to," he further said.

Ayyan, a former resident of Dubai, had blamed her father for the crisis as she claimed that she was ignored by him since she passed her matriculation examination. She later joined the entertainment industry as a model and ambassador for leading fashion and commercial brands.

She had also said that she does not want to see her father while in the jail because he had been absent when she needed his support. She also claimed that "someone jealous of her success" may have orchestrated the crisis.

Ayyan's parents split 10 years ago. According to media reports, Ayyan has remained out of touch with her father for the past 10 years.

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