• Sat. Jan 28th, 2023

IHC fixes date to hear Azam Swati’s post-arrest bail plea

Screengrab taken from PTI leader Azam Swatis video recorded during his arrest. — Twitter
Screengrab taken from PTI leader Azam Swati’s video recorded during his arrest. — Twitter
  • IHC CJ to hear Swati’s post-arrest bail petition.
  • Trial court judge earlier dismissed senator plea.
  • Swati denied posting derogatory remarks against state institutions.

The Islamabad High Court Saturday fixed the date for the hearing of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Senior Vice President Senator Azam Swati’s bail petition in the controversial tweets case. 

IHC Chief Justice Aamer Farooq will hear the petition on December 26 (Monday), according to the cause list.

The senator is booked in multiple cases for his controversial tweets against top military officials including the former army chief General (retired) Qamar Javed Bajwa.

Earlier today, Swati filed a post-arrest bail plea in the IHC in relation to the controversial tweets case filed against him. His earlier plea, filed on December 21, was dismissed by trial court judge Azam Khan who said that the senator had committed the same offence twice.

The septuagenarian’s counsel Babar Awan filed the bail plea on his behalf.

In his application, the senator stated that he did not post derogatory remarks against any institutions. He added that the prosecution has no proof against him despite the investigation.

The application read that Swati is 75 years old and a heart patient; jailing him would be a sentence without conviction as all evidence against him is documentary.

The case

Swati is booked in multiple cases across the country for his controversial tweets against senior military officers.

Initially, the senator was arrested by the Federal Investigation Authority (FIA) on October 14 after he posted a highly-hateful and threatening message against the army chief, judiciary, and other state institutions on his official Twitter account.

He had secured bail in that case, but on November 27, the FIA arrested him again for using abusive language against the top military brass, including the former army chief.

On December 2, Balochistan police arrested Swati for a similar case registered against him in Quetta. At the time of his arrest, he was already on judicial remand in Adiala Jail and was shifted to Quetta under a transit remand acquired by the Balochistan police.

Later, Balochistan High Court (BHC) ordered the quashing of all cases registered against the senator in the province. Once BHC issued the order, the Sindh Police took the senator into custody over the issue of controversial tweets.

The senator then approached the Sindh High Court. The court also directed the quashing of all cases against the senator.

Following the orders, Islamabad Police took the senator into its custody and brought him to the federal capital. He is still in custody.

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