Swati ‘taken away’ by Quetta police from Islamabad: Imran

Azam Swati

PTI chairman Imran Khan claimed on Friday that incarcerated party Senator Azam Swati, who was arrested earlier this week in a case pertaining to controversial tweets against the military, has been “taken away by the Quetta police” from Islamabad.

“Swati was moved to PIMS early morning [Friday] after suffering severe chest pains and breathing issues,” the former premier said in a tweet.

“While test results were awaited, Quetta police got him discharged and took him away endangering his life,” he claimed.

On November 27, the Federal Investigation Agency arrested Swati over a “highly obnoxious campaign of intimidating tweets […] against state institutions”.

Separate first information reports were registered against the PTI leader in Balochistan and Sindh as well for using “derogatory language” and “provoking the people against the army”. Following the arrest, the Pakistan Electronic Media and Regulatory Authority (Pemra) prohibited media coverage of Swati on all satellite TV channels.

On Thursday, an Islamabad court sent the senator on 14-day judicial remand.