File photo of Azam Swati at a court in Quetta

Mir Salam Jogezai : 

A local court in Quetta remanded Pakistan Tehrik e Insaf (PTI) leader, Azam Swati in police custody for five days on Sunday morning. Azam Swati was arrested by Balochistan police in the federal capital after the registration of cases against him in various police stations of the province. 

Swati was produced before a local court amid tight security. Judge Abdul Sattar Bugti granted five days’ remand of Azam Swati to the police.

Former deputy speaker national assembly, Qasam Suri and other leaders were also present outside the court. “Azam Swati is not a any foreign spy”, Mr. Suri told reporters at the district court Quetta on Sunday afternoon.

Quetta police demanded of the court to grant 10 days of remand to PTI leader Azam Swati in the case of the controversial tweet.

5 cases registered against Azam Swati in Balochistan

Cases were also registered against Azam Swati in the Kuchlak, Zhob, Khuzdar and Gwadar districts of Balochistan. Swati is accused of using foul language against state institutions. In all cases, the applicants have demanded of the police to register FIR against Swati for using foul language against institutions.

The senator was shifted to Quetta aboard a special flight amid tight security on Friday after the judicial magistrate of Islamabad handed him over to the Balochistan police.

Cases against Swati baseless: Qasam Suri

Qasam Suri, the PTI leader cases registered against Swati as baselessly. He said Swati was being punished for his democratic struggle in the country. “PTI’s struggle for a truly democratic system would continue”, Mr. Suri told reporters after the appearance of Azam Swati before the court in Quetta.

The administration had taken strict security measures on the eve of the production of Azam Swati before the country.

First FIR was registered against the PTI leader by the Kuchlak police station on an application submitted by a citizen Aziz ur Rehman Kakar on November 27th. Mr. Kakar had accused the PTI leader for what he claimed using derogatory language against state institutions and provoking the armed forces.

A total of five cases have been so far registered against the PTI leader in Balochistan.

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