Azam Swati, a senior PTI leader and Federal Minister for Science and Technology resigned today to face a possible trial in Supreme Court under article 62(1) (F). He presented his resignation to PM Imran khan. According to media reports, the minister told the prime minister that he could not perform his duties under the prevailing circumstances.
Supreme Court decided on Wednesday to conduct his trial under Article 62(1) (f) of the Constitution. Azam Swati will face a trial of misuse of authority and applying undue pressure on the IGP Islamabad to take action against a poor family who lives next to his Islamabad farm house. The IGP was transferred for not obliging the federal minister. The police later registered a criminal case and send the family to prison.
A three-judge bench, headed by the Chief Justice, heard the suo motu case of the Islamabad IGP’s transfer. The CJP remarked, “We have read Swati’s reply. You (Swati) are a person of authority. Do people in power treat their subordinates like this? Do rulers send women to jail because of issues involving cows?”
He then turned to the Islamabad IGP and remarked, “You did not take any action on this matter.” The IGP responded, “Action was not taken as the case is being heard in court.” The CJP said, “Why don’t we make an example out of Swati. Now the court will conduct his trial under Article 62(1)(f) of the Constitution.”
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18 February, 2019