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BHC orders to close all cases against Azam Swati in Balochistan

Five FIRs were registered in Balochistan against Swati for his controversial tweets against senior military officers

December 09, 2022
PTI Senator Azam Khan Swati. — The News/ file
PTI Senator Azam Khan Swati. — The News/ file

The Balochistan High Court (BHC) Friday ruled that all the first information reports (FIRs) registered against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Senator Azam Swati in the province be declared null and void.

The court was hearing a plea filed by Swati's son to drop the cases against his father.

Five FIRs were registered in Balochistan against Swati for his controversial tweets against senior military officers. The FIRs were filed against the PTI leader in Kuchlak, Hub, Zhob, and two other areas of the province.

Earlier this week, the BHC had ordered not to register any more cases against Swati in the province.

During today's hearing, the court ordered to quash all the FIRs registered in the province against the PTI senator.

The Balochistan police had arrested him from Islamabad and brought him to Quetta.

At the time of his arrest, the senator was already on judicial remand in Rawalpindi's Adiala Jail, following his detention for a second time in the case of a controversial tweet on November 27. He was then shifted to Quetta under a transit remand acquired by the police.

The senator had then approached the BHC which ordered that no more cases be registered against him.

During the last hearing, the court had also sought a written report of the cases filed against the ailing Swati from the police chief.

Controversial tweets cases

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

He was first arrested in the case of a controversial tweet in October, after he posted a highly-hateful and threatening message against the army chief, judiciary, and other state institutions, on his official Twitter account.

The senator secured bail in that case.

But on November 27, the Federal Investigation Agency once again arrested him for using abusive language against senior military officers, including the then army chief.