Sen. Azam Swati of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) was granted bail by the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday in connection with the senator’s controversial tweets.
In a lawsuit brought against him in November 2022, PTI leader was granted bail today after the IHC Chief Justice Amir Farooq pronounced the judgement reserved.
Bail for the senator was set at Rs200,000, secured by two sureties.
Since his second arrest on November 27 for making derogatory comments against senior military officials including former army leader General (ret.) Qamar Javed Bajwa, Swati has been detained.
In the IHC lawsuit that was filed against him on November 26th, Swati had pleaded for his release on bond. Trial court judge Azam Khan rejected the senator’s first appeal on December 21, finding that he had twice committed the same offence.
The senator said in his application that he had never made any critical comments online about government agencies. He continued, saying that the inquiry by the prosecution had turned up nothing.
Swati’s application said that he is 75 years old, has heart disease, and that he should not be sentenced to prison since the only evidence against him is documentary.