Balochistan High Court orders Azam Swati's release

Directs to quash all cases against the PTI senator: SHC issues notices to Sindh govt, prosecutor general, IGP seeking report on cases registered against Swati in province till Dec 22

By: News Desk
Published: 11:34 AM, 9 Dec, 2022
Balochistan High Court orders Azam Swati's release
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The Balochistan High Court has ordered the police to release PTI Senator Azam Swati, reported 24NerwsHD TV channel.

The BHC also ordered to quash all the five FIRs registered against Swati in Balochistan province. 

Justice Hashim Kakar heard the case on Friday. 

On Tuesday, the Balochistan High Court ordered the police and Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to not file any more cases against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Azam Swati.

BHC’s two-member bench comprising Justice Kamran Mulakhail and Justice Amir Rana gave this order on the plea filed by Usman Swati - son of Azam Swati. The court has directed the police IG to submit a report regarding this matter and ordered him to present the report in the next hearing. The bench said that all the institutions who are made a party in the plea by the complainant should also obey these orders. The complainant had made police, the home department and the FIA party in the plea.

Swati was arrested last month. It was the second time the senator was taken into custody by the FIA in less than two months over controversial tweets about senior military leaders. 

He was also nominated in a number of cases registered in Balochistan and Sindh for using vile language and “provoking the people against the army”.

Swati was transferred to Quetta on last Friday after the judicial magistrate of Islamabad handed him over to the Balochistan police and subsequently on Sunday, a judicial magistrate remanded him in police custody for five days.

SHC issues notices to Sindh govt, prosecutor general and IGP 

On the other hand, while hearing Azam Swati case, the Sindh High Court issued notices to the Sindh government, prosecutor general and IG police.

A two-judge SHC bench headed by Justice KK Agha Friday heard a petition filed by Usman Swati challenging the registration of six cases against PTI leader Azam Swati in Sindh. 

At the outset of the hearing, Justice Agha inquired where the person was against whom these cases had been filed. 

Petitioner’s lawyer Anwar Mansoor Khan advocate told the court that Swati was in police custody and he had been shifted to Quetta. 

The lawyer said that several cases were registered against Swati in the entire length and breadth of the country on a same issue. He contended that these cases were violation of Supreme Court’s order. He told the bench that five cases were registered in Karachi and one in Qambar.

On this, the court issued notices to the Sindh government, prosecutor general and IG police directing them submit a report on cases registered against Swati till Dec 22.