Minister faces the axe over tussle with poor family
In light of the report submitted by the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) in a case regarding misuse of power and authority by a Federal Minister Azam Khan Swati, Chief Justice Saqib Nisar yesterday declared he could be tried under Article 62 (1) (F) of the Constitution, which deals with disqualification of a Member of Parliament.
“Is it appropriate for a ruler or his minister to get poor women arrested over a minor thing,” asked the top judge of the country.
The chief justice remarked that proceeding under the Article 62 (1) (F) would create awareness and the minister would realise he should have shown some mercy for the poor.
Last month, a joint investigation team, probing the matter of former Islamabad police chief’s transfer for not attending the phone call of a federal minister, submitted its report to the apex court.
It all began when a cow of a poor family from Bajaur living next to Azam Swati’s farmhouse in Islamabad entered his garden.
This offended the minister’s men to the extent that they attacked the family’s house and later the minister and son also got involved.