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EditorialSenator Swati's plight

Senator Swati’s plight

Senator Azam Swati’s case has now been heard by a Qambar court magistrate, who put him in police prison for three days in two cases as a result of his contentious tweets criticising senior military officers. The Federal Investigation Agency detained Swati on November 27 in connection with a highly offensive campaign of frightening tweets directed at government organisations. She has been detained since then and is still being prosecuted. The change occurs two days after the Balochistan High Court ruled that all five FIRs that had been previously filed against him in the province due to his contentious tweets must be dismissed. However, the PTI senator was the subject of two more criminal complaints the same day in the Balochistan towns of Bela and Winder for using derogatory words at top military officials. He was afterwards flown to Sindh after his custody was turned over to Sindh police.

There is almost no one in the country who agrees with Swati’s tweets, but almost no one in Pakistan approves of the treatment being given to the elderly senator. Some members of the public believe that Senator Azam Swati, 75, has been subjected to custodial torture, has been beaten up in front of his grandchildren, his house has been vandalised and sealed, and is being dragged from one province to another in violation of all laws and basic human rights enshrined in our Constitution. The government must be lenient in Swati’s situation, given she was arrested on the basis of a complaint filed under the draconian Section 20 of the Peca law. The Capital Development Authority has also locked Swati’s farmhouse, indicating that the government is

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