SC forms JIT to probe Azam Swati’s misconduct in IGP transfer case

IG Islamabad transfer case: SC directs Azam Swati to submit reply by tonight

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Friday heard a suo motu case on the transfer of Islamabad Inspector General of Police (IGP) Jan Muhammad and formed a joint investigation team (JIT) to probe Federal Minister Azam Swati’s misconduct.
A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar heard a suo motu case regarding the Islamabad IGP’s transfer. IGP Muhammad was transferred on October 27 after he allegedly refused to take action on a complaint by Federal Minister Azam Swati’s son regarding a fight with a family at their farmhouse.
Federal Minister for Science and Technology Azam Swati, the affected family, the attorney general and Islamabad IGP appeared before the bench.
During the hearing, the chief justice ordered the formation of a JIT to inquire “whether Swati as a minister was involved in misconduct or not” regarding the Islamabad IGP’s transfer.
“The JIT will also probe into Swati’s assets,” the bench stated. “It will also inquire whether Swati can travel to the United States or not,” the bench further said.
The JIT will include Intelligence Bureau (IB) official Ahmed Rizwan, Federal Investigation Agency’s (FIA) Mirvais Niaz and an official from the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and submit its report to the court within 14 days.
Further, the bench remarked, “The JIT will investigate the cases against Swati in the US and find out whether he can travel to the country or not.”
The chief justice added, “These are decisive moments and will determine whether the rich and powerful can exploit others. If an inquiry is conducted on merit then it will strengthen people’s faith and confidence in Pakistan’s institutions. This will be a service to the country and the generations to come.”
“Poor people are pressured and the affected family has forgiven Swati but we have not forgiven him,” he added.
Earlier during the hearing, Jan Muhammad excused himself from performing duties as Islamabad IGP after which the Supreme Court and withdrew the order suspending the police chief’s transfer.
Jan Muhammad excused himself from continuing to perform duties as Islamabad IGP and told the bench, “I cannot work given the present circumstances and request the court to grant permission on my transfer.”
The chief justice then said, “If he is saying, then we permit the transfer. It is your choice and we will not stop you.”


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