A special court in Islamabad on Monday rejected the bail plea of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Senator Azam Swati, in a controversial tweet case.
Special Central Judge Mohammad Azam Khan wrote a six-page written judgment issued by the Special Central Court according to which Azam Swati incited the public against the institutions and on the provisions imposed Azam Swati could be sentenced to a minimum of seven years in jail and a maximum of life imprisonment.
Advocate Babar Awan appeared on behalf of accused Azam Khan Swati in the court. He said that Azam Swati was being targeted by his political rivals, and the case was registered against him in violation of the FIA rules. The verdict further said that according to Babar Awan section 20 of The PECA was a bail-able section, and sections of criminal procedure were added in the case to make the case non-bail-able.
According to the written verdict, Special Prosecutor Raja Rizwan Abbasi appeared in the court on behalf of the government and according to him Azam Swati had used derogatory words against the top officer of the army and incited the Pakistan Army to violate the orders of its officers and revolt.
The verdict further said that Azam Swati tweeted against a senior officer of the Pakistan Army on November 26 which was retweeted from various Twitter accounts and Azam Swati also thanked other accounts for retweeting this tweet.
According to the written verdict, Azam Swati has already been booked under Section 20 of the PECA for tweeting against state institutions, he got bail in the first case on October 21 and on November 26 he repeated the same crime again.
It was clarified in the verdict that prima facie Azam Swati committed the same crime again despite being released on bail, the court was not convinced to release Azam Swati on bail so his post-arrest bail application was rejected.
On November 27 Swati was arrested by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) for his controversial tweet against army officers. The FIA had registered a case against the former federal minister under section 20 of the PECA 2016 and sections 131, 500, 501, 505 and 109 of the Pakistan Penal Code.
The FIR quoting three Twitter accounts said that Swati and the accounts had launched a twitter campaign in a very aggressive manner against state institutions, senior officials and General Qamar Javed Bajwa with ulterior motives and ulterior motives.
“Such provocative tweets by name and levelling allegations are acts of sedition by creating a divide between officers of the armed forces to the detriment of the state,” the FIR added.