Sindh court remands Azam Swati in police custody for 3 days

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A judicial magistrate in Qambar remanded PTI Senator Azam Swati in police custody for three days on Sunday in two cases over his controversial tweets about senior military leaders.

Swati was arrested over a “highly obnoxious campaign of intimidating tweets […] against state institutions” by the Federal Investigation Agency on November 27 and has been in detention since and continues to face legal action.

The FIA booked him under Section 20 of the Prevention of Electronic Crime Act 2016 (Peca), which deals with offences against the dignity of a person, while multiple first information reports (FIRs) were registered against him for using “derogatory language” and “provoking the people against the army” in Sindh and Balochistan as well.

He was presented before the judicial magistrate in Sindh’s Qambar city ton Sunday in the two cases registered with Warah and Qambar police and sent on remand for three days.

The development comes two days after the Balochistan High Court (BHC) ordered the quashing of all five FIRs initially registered against him in the province over his controversial tweets.

But the same day, two new criminal complaints were lodged against the PTI senator in Balochistan’s Bela and Winder for using “offensive language” against senior military officials, his lawyer Iqbal Shah had said.