In the wake of an inquiry pertaining to transfer of IG Islamabad, PTI’s Federal Minister for Science and Technology Azam Khan Swati on Thursday resigned as a Federal Minister.
The sources say that the decision came following top court’s order to launch a trial against him under Article 62 (1)(f) in a case regarding the transfer of Islamabad IG police Jan Muhammad.
During the hearing of the case yesterday, top judge Mian Saqib Nisar had suggested that Azam Swati could be tried under Article 62(1)(f) ─ the same section that led to the disqualification of former premier Nawaz Sharif.
The former IGP’s transfer took place after Swati’s son registered a case against a family of slum dwellers for allegedly trespassing on his family’s land. Five people, including two women, were arrested for trespassing on the land and beating up Swati’s guards.
They were released after a day’s detention as police said a settlement had been reached between the minister and the detained family.
Supreme Court of Pakistan had formed a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) comprising officials of FIA, NAB and IB to probe the whole matter on November 2.
The JIT on November 29 submitted its report to the top court blaming Swati for misusing powers. The JIT, in its report, had said allegations against the poor family lacked truth.