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IHC to hear Azam Swati’s bail petition on Dec 26


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Senator Azam was first arrested by the FIA on October 14. — Twitter/@AzamKhanSwatiPk
Senator Azam was first arrested by the FIA on October 14. — Twitter/@AzamKhanSwatiPk

ISLAMABAD: After the trial court dismissed Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Senior Vice President Senator Azam Swati’s bail petition in the controversial tweets case, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) fixed the date for its hearing on Saturday.

According to the cause list, the 75-year-old senator’s plea will be heard by IHC Chief Justice Aamer Farooq on December 26 (Monday).

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.

Controversial tweets 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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