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Officials Nab Opposition Leader for ‘Highly Obnoxious’ Tweet on Military Chief

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Arif Ahmadi
Arif Ahmadi
Arif Ahmadi holds a B.A. degree in Journalism. He works as an Editor & Content Writer for Khaama Press.
Officials Nab Opposition Leader for ‘Highly Obnoxious’ Tweet on Military Chief

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) arrested a senior opposition leader Azam Khan Swati for a “highly obnoxious and intimidating” tweet against the chief of the country’s powerful military General Qamar Javed Bajwa.

Swati is a member of the Senate and a legislator from former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, who was arrested in Pakistani capital Islamabad early Thursday morning, according to sources.

In his post, the 66-year-old senator congratulate Bajwa for his “plan” working, saying “criminals” were going free at a greater cost.

“Mr Bajwa congratulations to you and few with you. Your plan is really working, and all criminals are getting free at cost of this country,” he tweeted.

“With these thugs getting free, you have legitimise (sic) corruption. How you predict now the future of this country?.”

Swati’s tweet on Wednesday evening was in response to a court in the city of Lahore acquitting incumbent Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and his son Hamza Shehbaz in a money laundering case, as Aljazeera wrote.

Swati’s lawyer Babar Awan alleged his client’s house was raided late at night without a search warrant.

“He was blindfolded and treated like a terrorist,” Awan told Al Jazeera, adding that the country had become “fascist”.




Meanwhile, the FIA nabbing Swati under a cybercrime law, in its first information report (FIR), said his tweet was a “calculated attempted” to sow “hatred in mind of people and army personnel against the Army Chief and Pakistan army”.

“Such intimidating tweets of blaming and naming is a mischievous act of subversion to create a rift between personnel of the armed forces and an attempt to harm the state of Pakistan,” the FIR said.

The Islamabad court remanded the politician to police custody for two days.

The PTI party has demanded his earliest release, with senior party leader Fawad Chaudhry calling the arrest “a dangerous trend in Pakistan”.

“Reports of torture on Azam Swati are disturbing. Torturing political prisoners has become a new normal in Pakistan,” he tweeted.

In early August, senior PTI leader and close Khan aide Shahbaz Gill was arrested for sedition and other charges for remarks made during a TV show. He was granted bail after five weeks in custody.

In late August, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chief Imran Khan has been booked in a terrorism case on the complaint of Islamabad Saddar Magistrate Ali Javed for threatening a female judge of the federal capital.

Ever since his government was toppled in April, the chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan carried out a huge public outreach effort, during which he delivered blistering remarks against his political opponents, state institutions, and local police.

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