Swati appeals CJP to investigate his ‘custodial torture’

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Azam Swati

PTI leader Azam Swati on Tuesday described his “custodial torture” in detail as he called on Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Umar Ata Bandial to investigate the incident to protect citizens from such an ordeal in the future.

Swati, who was arrested earlier this month in a case registered against him over a controversial tweet thought to be against the armed forces, made the remarks at a press conference.

Since his arrest, Swati has alleged he was stripped and tortured and has named two military officials behind his ordeal. PTI chairman Imran Khan had also called out Swati’s “custodial torture” at a press conference alongside him. The Senate Standing Committee on Human Rights also condemned it.

During the press conference, Swati named an FIA official as well. He waved a copy of the Constitution and lamented that “this rulebook is not applicable to at least 1,000 people”.

“Sadly, this [Constitution] also doesn’t apply to Major General Faisal and Sector Commander Faheem — who are above the law,” he said.

In a reference to Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa, he said: “You have 27 days left at GHQ […] you must follow [the Constitution] and summon Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Cybercrime assistant director Ayaz …”

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