First from PM Khan’s cabinet resigns over authority abuse allegation 

First from PM Khan’s cabinet resigns over authority abuse allegation 
Senator Azam Khan Swati met with Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday before resigning from his office as federal minister. (Photo courtesy: @AzamKhnSwati/Facebook)
Updated 07 December 2018

First from PM Khan’s cabinet resigns over authority abuse allegation 

First from PM Khan’s cabinet resigns over authority abuse allegation 
  • Azam Swati accused of misusing political influence to transfer Islamabad police chief
  • Supreme Court refused to accept minister’s apology for forcing police to take action against local tribal dwellers

ISLAMABAD: Senator Azam Khan Swati, a central leader of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), resigned from his post of federal minister for science and technology on Friday, even as he faced an investigation over an alleged misuse of authority.
He is the first minister from Prime Minister Imran Khan’s cabinet to step down for misconduct. Swati submitted his resignation to PM Khan on Thursday, the PM’s Office confirmed in a brief statement.
Pakistan’s apex court is hearing a case against Swati for his alleged interference in transferring Islamabad police chief, Jan Muhammad, on October 27.
Last month, a three-member bench — headed by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar — took suo motu notice and formed a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) to probe the matter. The JIT report found Swati guilty of abuse of power.
Muhammad’s transfer took place after Swati’s son had registered a case against a poor family of slum dwellers for allegedly trespassing on his farmhouse in Islamabad.
The JIT stated that Swati allegedly used his political influence to transfer Muhammad for not taking stringent and immediate action against the family. A report of the investigation submitted to the court states that the land in question — where the local dwellers allegedly grazed their cattle which angered Swati in the first place — belongs to the Capital Development Authority and was only adjacent to his farmhouse. 
The arrests, coupled with Muhammad’s transfer, caught the media’s attention, leading to the top court taking notice of the matter.
Swati is also facing a case in the National Accountability Bureau for alleged land encroachment.