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Swati can be tried under Article 62(1)(f), says CJP

Swati can be tried under Article 62(1)(f), says CJP

Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar on Wednesday while hearing a case on the transfer of the Islamabad police chief suggested that minister Azam Swati could be tried under Article 62(1)(f).

Swati, a member of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), was accused of playing a role in the transfer of former Islamabad Inspector General of Police Jan Mohammad — an allegation over which the SC had pondered taking action against him under Article 62 of the Constitution before forming a JIT.

The former IGP's transfer took place after Swati’s son registered a case against a family of slum dwellers for allegedly trespassing on his family’s land. Five people, including two women, were arrested for trespassing on the land and beating up Swati’s guards.

They were released after a day’s detention as police said a settlement had been reached between the minister and the detained family.

"We've read the joint investigation team report," the chief justice said, referring to the report submitted in the last hearing of the case which revealed that Swati had "wielded his influence and prevailed upon the authorities by misusing his office and profile, leading to the arbitrary and discriminatory treatment to the private citizens i.e. Niaz Muhammad family, at the hands of police."

"You are a ruler, and you treated your subjects this way?" the chief justice asked. "The cow did not actually enter into your farmhouse, women and children were jailed," he added.

"Swati will be tried under Article 62(1)(f)," the CJP remarked. "Tell us who you wish to conduct the trial."

The top judge also took the newly appointed Islamabad Inspector General Police Amir Zulfiqar to task, asking him what steps he had taken regarding the matter.

More details to follow.

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