IHC grants bail to Azam Swati in controversial tweets case

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Azam Swati

Islamabad: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday granted post-arrest bail to senior PTI leader and senator Azam Swati in a case pertaining to controversial tweets against senior military officials.

Chief Justice of the Islamabad High Court, Aamer Farooq announced the verdict, which he had reserved earlier in the day. The bail was granted surety bonds of Rs200,000.

Azam Swati was arrested on November 27 after the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) booked him in Islamabad over a “highly obnoxious” campaign of intimidating tweets against state institutions. It was the second time that Swati was booked and arrested by the FIA over his tweets about army officials in less than two months.

Before that, the senator was arrested by the FIA on October 13 after he posted a hateful and threatening message against the then-army chief, judiciary, and other state institutions on his official Twitter account.

On December 2, the Balochistan police arrested Azam Swati in 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, the Balochistan High Court (BHC) ordered the quashing of all cases registered against the senator in the province. Once the 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 for bail. The court also directed the quashing of all cases registered against the senator in the province.

Following the orders, Islamabad Police took the senator into its custody and brought him to the federal capital.