ISLAMABAD: Investigators of what is now being termed as the ‘Ayyan money smuggling case’ are confident of the Pakistani supermodel’s conviction in the money smuggling case, but there are doubts that any other ‘big fish’ will be netted during the course of investigation.
Customs Preventive and Inland Revenue Intelligence officials recently gave separate briefings to Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) Chairman Tariq Bajwa on the Ayyan Ali case. The chairman was informed about the overall breakthroughs made during the investigation process.
Customs Preventive in its briefing presented it as a simple case of currency smuggling, claiming that the department could easily prove the charges. However, Customs Preventive denied that supermodel Ayyan’s arrest could help in any ‘big revelation’.
On the other hand, Inland Revenue officials in their briefing to Tariq Bajwa claimed that the case could help unveil some big names of tax evaders and those who had accumulated black money.
FBR Chairman Tariq Bajwa praised both departments and assured the officials that no interference from the high-ups will take place in this case.
He directed them to hold an independent, free and fair investigation into the case, and solve it on merit. He also directed the Inland Revenue to continue the investigation process, but warned against taking action against the accused until the investigators come by any solid evidence in this case.