I have no Links with Supermodel Ayan Whatsoever - Rehman Malik
PESHAWAR: Former interior minister Rehman Malik denied on Wednesday having any links with the supermodel Ayan Ali, brushing aside rumours that the supermodel smuggled money on his or his brother’s behest.
“None of my family members, including myself, have any links with Ayan,” Malik said, while speaking to the media at the residence of former federal minister Dr Arbab Alamgir in Peshawar.
“Those who are linking Ayan with me, should also provide evidence,” he said, adding if proven he maintains connections with the model, he will leave politics.
The model-cum-singer was arrested on March 14 at the Islamabad airport for allegedly trying to board a plane to Dubai with $500,000 in her baggage. Passengers are not allowed to carry more than $10,000 out of the country. She was later charged with money laundering and sent to jail on remand.
Later, the interrogation of supermodel Ayan in a money laundering case led investigators to an intricate nexus between the country’s fashion industry and political heavyweights.
The model made stunning disclosures during her interrogation, naming several politicians and businessmen who used her services to stash cash abroad, according to officials attached with the investigation of this case, which is likely to be referred to a special team of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).
Background discussions and interviews with the supermodel’s family and friends revealed she admitted to taking money abroad since 2011. Despite several attempts, the people named by Ayan during interrogation did not respond.
Interestingly, following a hearing in a Rawalpindi court, model Ayan’s father was shot in the arm and wounded. Speaking to media after becoming stable, Ayan’s father Raja Hafeez, said he has nominated Rehman Malik’s brother, Khalid Malik in the FIR pertaining to the shooting incident today.
Her father had come to see his model daughter when he was attacked by an unidentified person and shot in the arm. Following the attack, he was taken to Benazir Bhutto Hospital in Rawalpindi where he received treatment.
He further added that he had been receiving threats over the past few weeks.
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