Chief Justice directs Azam Swati for immediate resign

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Islamabad (Web Desk) Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar on Friday directed Minister for Science and Technology Senator Azam Swati to immediately resign from his post during hearing of a suo motu case regarding the ‘unlawful’ transfer of the Islamabad police chief Jan Mohammad.

The CJP had taken suo motu notice of Inspector General of Police (IGP) Islamabad Jan Mohammad’s transfer on Monday in the wake of conflicting reports about the reasons behind his transfer.

Local media had reported that the IGP was transferred because he did not attend minister Azam Swati’s phone calls, but Swati has denied this.

The government also rejected the reports, saying that the decision had been taken because the IGP’s performance was not satisfactory.

Justice Nisar had earlier suspended the IGP’s transfer after it emerged that he had been removed from the post following verbal directives from Prime Minister Imran Khan.

As the CJP resumed hearing of the case today, Swati’s lawyer Barrister Ali Zafar submitted an apology on behalf of the minister in court.

The court, however, rejected the apology and said that it would form a joint investigation team (JIT) to probe the transfer of the Islamabad police chief.

The JIT will include officials from the National Accountability Bureau and the Federal Investigation Agency.

“We will also examine Article 62(1)(f) in this matter,” the CJP said. “We have great respect for the Parliament. Power should not be misused this way.”

The IGP’s transfer took place after Swati’s son had registered a case against slum dwellers allegedly trespassing on the family’s land. Five people, including two women, were arrested for trespassing and beating Swati’s guards.

However, they were released on Tuesday after a day’s detention, as police sources said a settlement had been reached between the minister and the detained family.

The court today said it did not recognize resolutions carried out by jirgas.

The affected family appeared in court today. One family member told the court: “I am a poor man, but I forgave Azam Swati for Pakistan’s sake.”

“You can forgive him if that suits you, but we will investigate the matter,” the CJP told him. “Swati should own up to his wrongdoing.”

IGP Jan Mohammad also appeared in court today. The CJP asked him why he hadn’t filed a complaint, to which the police chief replied that it was because he was abroad.

The CJP asked whether another complaint could be filed in the matter, and directed that, if possible, it should be filed today.

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