CJP Bandial tells PTI senator Swati to ‘stay strong’

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Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Umar Ata Bandial on Monday said that the Supreme Court’s (SC) human rights cell was looking into the objectionable video involving Senator Azam Swati and his wife, which the PTI leader says was sent to him and is from his stay at the apex court’s judicial lodges in Quetta.

On Saturday, Swati burst into tears before the media, saying that his wife had received a video featuring him and her and about which he could not share further details because the “daughters of my country are listening”. The senator had blamed the interior minister and two military officers for conspiring against him and said they should be held accountable if something happened to him.

He had said that his daughter had told him that the video was from when Swati and his wife had visited Quetta. Recalling that visit, the senator said Senate Chairperson Sadiq Sanjrani had made arrangements for them to stay at the Supreme Court’s judicial lodges in Quetta.

During the hearing of a contempt plea against PTI chairman Imran Khan on Monday, the CJP remarked that the top court’s HR Cell had taken up Swati’s matter, elaborating that the SC would intervene if required.

“But you never stayed at the Supreme Court’s rest house,” the top judge added. “Your request is being reviewed and the matter will be dealt with according to the law.”

Meanwhile, Swati said that he could only show the video to the apex court’s judges. Here, CJP Bandial said: “Swati sahab, may God give you patience […] we are instructing Pemra (Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority) and PTA (Pakistan Telecommunication Authority) to remove the alleged video.”

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