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CDA seals Azam Swati’s Islamabad farmhouse

The farmhouse of detained PTI Senator Azam Swati, who was arrested last month for offensive tweets directed at high military personnel, was sealed on Saturday by the Capital Development Authority (CDA) due to a violation of building regulations.

Swati has been detained since November 27 due to his “extremely offensive campaign of frightening tweets… against state institutions.”

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The five cases against him were dismissed by the Balochistan High Court yesterday after being taken to Quetta by the police last week. He was arrested by the Sindh police hours later for charges there.

The farmhouse was “transferred to Tahira Swati” (the PTI leader’s wife) on March 25, 2014, and its building plan was authorized on May 7, 2015, claims a report released by the authority.

The CDA, according to media reports stated, “The basement was not approved in the building plan,” adding that Swati received the first notice in this regard in 2016. It added that when a survey of the farmhouse was completed in 2018, a reminder was also sent to the senator.

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The office building, tractor trolley shed, and servant quarter/kitchen was not built, which is a deviation from the approved building plan. The observations of the violations were separately communicated on November 29, 2018.

The CDA claimed that on November 4, 2022, Swati was given a show-cause notice under the ICT Building Control Regulations 2020, “with instructions to show sufficient cause within seven days as to why such violations have not been removed and why the premises may not be sealed off until compliance of the by-laws or removal of the same by the authority at the risk and cost aside from imposing a penalty.”

According to the article, the CDA informed the senator in the last notice on November 16 that it would seal the farmhouse if the infractions were not corrected within seven days.

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