Pak­istan min­is­ter fac­ing probe steps down

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ISLAMABAD: Pak­istan’s sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy Azam Swati min­is­ter, be­ing in­ves­ti­gated over al­le­ga­tions he played a role in the trans­fer of the Islamabad po­lice chief, has ten­dered his res­ig­na­tion to Prime Min­is­ter Im­ran Khan.

“To up­hold my moral au­thor­ity, I sent my res­ig­na­tion to the PM (and told him) that I can­not work un­der these con­di­tions,” Swati said. “Now I will de­fend my case with­out any port­fo­lio or au­thor­ity.”

Swati, a mem­ber of the rul­ing Pak­istan Tehreek-e-In­saf (PTI) party, is fac­ing a case in the Supreme Court over charges that he in­flu­enced the trans­fer of the po­lice chief be­cause the of­fi­cial did not act on a com­plaint from him.

In Oc­to­ber, five peo­ple were ar­rested for tres­pass­ing on the farm­house of Swati. The rel­a­tives and neigh­bours of the ar­rested peo­ple staged a protest at the Na­tional Press Club in Islamabad, where they ar­gued that the slum dwellers were put be­hind bars af­ter one of their an­i­mals en­tered the min­is­ter’s land.

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