The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has adjourned senior PTI Senator Azam Swati’s post-arrest bail petition in a sedition case for posting controversial tweets against the state institution.
According to the details, IHC chief justice Amir Farooq heard the post-arrest bail petition filed by PTI senator Azam Swati. The bail petition states that the PTI leader did not post any derogatory remarks against the state institutions.
The applicant made the federation and FIA cybercrime wing respondents in the petition. However, IHC adjourned the hearing till next Monday, January 2. Earlier, an Islamabad court had also rejected the bail plea of Senator Azam Swati in the case of the controversial tweet.
PTI leaders are once again expressing their anger at the delay in justice for Senator Azam Swati. Taking to Twitter, PTI leaders are decrying the lack of rule of law in Pakistan.
“The three incidents of Arshad Sharif, Azam Swati case, and Imran Khan’s non-filing of FIR have exposed the true face of the rule of law in Pakistan, how our system stands with its hands tied in front of powerful people. Weak judges have become the puppets of elites,” Fawad Chaudhry said.
ارشد شریف ،اعظم سواتی کیس اور عمران خان کی FIR درج نہ ہونے کے تین واقعات نے پاکستان میں رول آف لاء کا اصل چہرہ بے نقاب کیا ہے، کس طرح ہمارا نظام ہاتھ باندہ کر طاقتور لوگوں کے سامنے کھڑا ہوتا ہے کمزور جج اور اپنی ذات میں محدود اشرافیہ پتلیوں کی حیثئت اختیار کر چکے ہیں
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) December 26, 2022
“The law gives Senator Azam Swati the right of bail. Why is he still in jail? Whither rule of law!” Former Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood said.
The law gives Sen Azam Swati the right of bail. Why is he still in jail? Whither rule of law!!
— Shafqat Mahmood (@Shafqat_Mahmood) December 26, 2022
“One Pakistan, 2 rules of law unacceptable. Free 75 years old political prisoner Senator Azam Khan Swati. Judges should realize that one day they too will have to be answerable to the most Powerful Judge – Allah Almighty. All should fear that day,” Omar Ayub Khan said.
One Pakistan, 2 Rules of Law unacceptable. Free 75 yrs old Political Prisoner Senator Azam Khan Swati. Judges shld realize that 1 day they too will have to be answerable to The Most Powerful Judge – Allah Almighty. All shld fear that day. Read Surah Al Qiyamah in the Quran. pic.twitter.com/VIuRTf6LE5
— Omar Ayub Khan (@OmarAyubKhan) December 25, 2022
“There is a double standard of justice that the senior senator Azam Khan Swati was arrested and deprived of bail for a tweet, while relief and open leave from the courts for the robbers of billions of rupees. The country cannot run without the supremacy of the constitution and law!” Senator Dr. Shahzad Waseem said.
انصاف کا دہرا معیار ہے کہ بزرگ سینیٹر @AzamKhanSwatiPk ایک ٹویٹ پر پابند سلاسل اور ضمانت سے محروم جبکہ اربوں روپے کے ڈاکے مارنے والوں کے لیے عدالتوں سے ریلیف اور کھلی چھٹی ۔
آئین و قانون کی بالادستی کے بغیر ملک نہیں چل سکتا!
— Senator Dr. Shahzad Waseem (@dswpti) December 26, 2022
“Clearly all are not equal before the law. Azam Swati continues to be victimised for bruising fragile egos so is denied bail. For 2 tweets he suffers over 2 dozen FIRs and incarceration while money launderers whitewashed by the system,” Shireen Mazari said.
“Fear and intimidation simply don’t make diverse countries like Pakistan stronger. They weaken the bonds that would otherwise take us through tough times,” Taimur Khan Jhagra said.
Fear & intimidation simply don't make diverse countries like Pakistan stronger. They weaken the bonds that would otherwise take us through tough times. https://t.co/CpmQ8x8xZQ
— Taimur Khan Jhagra (@Jhagra) December 26, 2022
On Nov 27, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) arrested PTI Senator Azam Swati in a case related to controversial tweets against state institutions. The PTI leader was taken into custody by a three-member FIA team from his farmhouse located in Islamabad’s Chak Shahzad.