ISLAMABAD: The Federal Investigation Company (FIA) arrested a senator of the Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) early on Sunday morning, hours after he lashed out at military chief Normal Qamar Javed Bajwa.
Azam Swati, 74, requested Gen Bajwa, who will retire on Tuesday (November 29), to declare his property earlier than stepping down from workplace, at a PTI rally in Rawalpindi on Saturday.
The FIA arrested Swati from his
residence in Islamabad, for the second time, for allegedly tweeting in opposition to senior army officers. Later, the FIA produced him earlier than a neighborhood courtroom which authorised his two-day bodily remand.
An FIR registered in opposition to him acknowledged that the PTI veteran began a “extremely obnoxious marketing campaign of intimidating tweets” in opposition to state establishments, together with the military chief, “with mala fide intentions and ulterior motives”.
The FIR stated that via these offensive tweets, the accused tried to instigate military personnel from their allegiance to the state and from performing their duties as subordinates, including that this was a “calculated and repeated try” by Swati.
The FIA first arrested him final month over a controversial tweet in opposition to Gen Bajwa. After his launch on bail in October, the senator alleged that he was tortured in custody after first being stripped bare.
Within the PTI energy present on Saturday evening, Swati delivered a fiery speech by which he once more talked about his alleged torture whereas asking a collection of onerous hitting questions from Gen Bajwa, together with disclosure of his property.
Imran Khan criticized the federal government after Swati’s arrest for the second time, saying he was “shocked and appalled at how quickly we’re descending into not only a banana republic however a fascist state”.
Slamming the state’s heavy-handedness, the previous prime minister questioned how anybody couldn’t perceive the ache and struggling of senator Swati, who “underwent custodial torture and the blackmailing video of him and his conservative spouse that was despatched to his household”.
Imran regarded the Tweet triggering the arrest an expression of Swati’s “justifiable anger and frustration on the injustice meted out to him”.
Urging all quarters to “increase their voice in opposition to this state fascism”, Imran additionally criticized the Supreme Court docket for “retaining its doorways closed” for Swati, “regardless of appeals by senators supporting him for over two weeks.

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