The PTI factor?: Azam Swati resigns from Senate, JUI-F

Published: December 7, 2011
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Claims resignation a protest against corruption, ‘irrelevant’ parliament. PHOTO: EXPRESS/ FILE

Claims resignation a protest against corruption, ‘irrelevant’ parliament. PHOTO: EXPRESS/ FILE

ISLAMABAD: Senator Azam Khan Swati resigned from the membership of both the upper house and his Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) party on Wednesday in what he claimed was a protest against unbridled corruption and an “irrelevant” parliament.

The senator had pursued the Hajj corruption case in the Supreme Court relentlessly, which ultimately forced the government to sack former religious affairs minister Hamid Saeed Kazmi last year.

While talking to the media, he said he did not want to be part of a parliament that could not assert authority.

“I don’t think sitting in this parliament is of any use anymore,” Khan said, announcing his decision just four months ahead of completing a six-year term as a member of Senate.

But officials in Maulana Fazlur Rehman’s JUI-F told The Express Tribune that Swati left the party after being informed that there won’t be any chance for him to get re-elected when fresh elections are held for half of the upper house’s seats early next year.

Swati, who is also an entrepreneur, was elected as a member of Senate from the JUI-F ticket back in 2006 and his six-year term is set to expire in March 2012.

After submitting his resignation to the Senate secretariat, Swati urged other parliamentarians to resign as well “because parliament was being used for rubberstamping the decisions taken somewhere else”.

Joining PTI

Though Swati himself denied it, speculations are afloat that the senator might join Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI), which has seen a remarkable jump in popularity in recent months.

“We had some indications in recent weeks that Swati was getting close to Imran and he might be thinking of joining him,” said a top leader of the JUI-F who requested not to be named.

“I don’t have any differences with the party,” Swati said regarding the JUI-F but did not offer any comment when an explanation was sought on whether he was actually planning to join the PTI.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 8th, 2011. 

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  • Adeel Ahmed
    Dec 7, 2011 - 4:08PM

    Only active and competent member of JUI. He was really misfit there.Recommend

  • abid
    Dec 7, 2011 - 4:23PM

    Mr Swati’s Action is in right direction…. but one cant say anything for his “Intention”. Lets see whats happened.

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  • MAD
    Dec 7, 2011 - 4:24PM

    Well he is clean as far as corruption goes. wasnt he the one who pulled the curtain on the Hajj scandal.

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  • A.M.Malik
    Dec 7, 2011 - 4:40PM

    Probably ,he is eyeing on the next Chief Ministership of KPK. A big boost for PTI in District Mansehra if he joins IK where Mr. Swati has a lot of political influence. He used his money to announce himself at the political map of Pakistan. Most probably, he bought Senate ticket from JUI. Perception about him is that he is not corrupt but definitely fame/power hungry.

    PPP is not his cup of tea. Capt(r) Safdar(PML-N) is his political rival. He just divorced JUI. There is a rival PML-Q group let by Sardar Yusuf . Moreover he wants to move up the political ladder. PTI would be his natural choice.

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  • Muzahir
    Dec 7, 2011 - 5:00PM

    Swati,is a highly qualified/educated man and one of the richest/cleanest politicians in pakistan.He surrendered his US nationality when elected for the Senate seat.He is a pretty rich man and the interesting thing is that he made public his assets,which if you have a look at,are huge..An honest man,who has nothing to fear,has nothing to hide..Goodluck Swati,you are a rare commodity and i always used to think what r u doing in JUI-F!

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  • ullo
    Dec 7, 2011 - 5:10PM

    Will be a good addition to PTI…….

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  • ullo
    Dec 7, 2011 - 5:11PM

    Will be a good addition to PTI……!

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  • Loyal to Pakistan
    Dec 7, 2011 - 5:16PM

    Wellcome to PTI Mr.Swati

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  • Still Listening
    Dec 7, 2011 - 5:19PM

    Well done.

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  • Dec 7, 2011 - 5:22PM

    Hmmmmm

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  • Sufi
    Dec 7, 2011 - 5:28PM

    If he also joins PTI- I don’t know what sort of a revolution you guys are expecting!Recommend

  • Khalid Javed
    Dec 7, 2011 - 5:36PM

    All the competent, conscientious, honest people joining the caravan of PTI… Next ones are likely to be Marvi Memon to be followed by Khurshid Kasuri, Mushahi Hussain. Good Luck PTI…..

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  • The Reader
    Dec 7, 2011 - 5:38PM

    Don’t tell me he TOO is going in PTI! :/

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  • Fahd
    Dec 7, 2011 - 5:39PM

    It will be good for the country if he joins PTI

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  • Maryam
    Dec 7, 2011 - 5:45PM

    Why Azam Swati left one of the talk show with Javed Chaudhry in Kal Tak when his corruption stories were exposed ?

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  • Asaf rai kharal
    Dec 7, 2011 - 5:57PM

    After enjoying the perks and privileges for the most part of his tenure which is going to end in march 2012,suddenly swati remembers that the govt has done nothing for the common man except for piling up huge external and internal debt.Mr swati ,the People of Pakistan have finally woken up and can now distinguish between genuine leaders and political opportunists.Political actors of ur genre can no longer fool us.

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  • Hmmm
    Dec 7, 2011 - 6:08PM

    Good move – will be a brilliant addition to the PTI

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  • Atif
    Dec 7, 2011 - 6:10PM

    Mr. Swati is a courageous person. Even being in govtl he disclosed Hajj scam, spoke against the PM and his son and finally lost his seat. Must go for PTI.

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  • Dec 7, 2011 - 6:16PM

    well done sawati……..

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  • Amir Ali
    Dec 7, 2011 - 6:17PM

    lets all join pti…yayy..and change everything…come on Imran change it!Recommend

  • Maulvi Imran Ahmed
    Dec 7, 2011 - 6:19PM

    He is a good fit for PTI ..Recommend

  • Dec 7, 2011 - 6:20PM

    Now another turncoat added to PTIRecommend

  • Maulvi Imran Ahmed
    Dec 7, 2011 - 6:22PM

    No politician who has fought elections under the flag of another political party in the past election should be given a ticket for his/her new party until after sitting out one General Election to demonstrate loyalty to the new party and not to personal ambitions.

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  • youth kpk
    Dec 7, 2011 - 6:37PM

    Wellcome to PTI Mr.Swati……PTI Zindabad

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  • Dec 7, 2011 - 7:20PM

    Ohh…Common Swati… don’t fool us… Your membership of Senate was to end in March… so what is the big deal. You chose to leave Senate three months before the due time, and you want us to believe that you resigned for principles… Common…

    You have delcared assets, but how did you become Rich in this country.. where did you get all the wealth from? Come Clean…

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  • Mirza
    Dec 7, 2011 - 7:55PM

    Sawati would be “clean” and sanitized after he joins the King’s Party. On the other hand the rightwing mullah character of PTI would be further enhanced. A grand rightwing alliance is in the formation.

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  • Dec 7, 2011 - 8:03PM

    @Lala Jie: That’s what all politicians do in the end! This is dirty politics of Pakistan.

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  • sid
    Dec 7, 2011 - 8:19PM

    For all who don’t know please go and research first before giving out comments. Mr Swati is a big fraud in the USA. He defaulted and there are cases pending against him. He ran away to pakistan and is now joining PTI. May god help Imran Khan.

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  • Asif
    Dec 7, 2011 - 8:32PM

    Very good decision….Recommend

  • Afghan
    Dec 7, 2011 - 8:43PM

    The other day we will hear that Altaf Hussain resigns as the MQM leader. Weighs wings for joining PTI. That will be much fun.

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  • ali tanoli
    Dec 7, 2011 - 8:53PM

    Mr swati is american busnissman he had over 100 gas station in diffrent states and had american citizenship before he elected for NA from Mansehra Hazara. he is wealthy man..Recommend

  • Maulvi Imran Ahmed
    Dec 7, 2011 - 9:29PM

    B.A from Post Graduate College Abbottabad, NWFP (Pakistan)
    M.A (Economics) University of Peshawar (Pakistan)
    LL.B (Bachelor of Law) Gold Medalist, University of Karachi (Pakistan)
    M.A Political Science from University of Karachi (Pakistan)
    LL.M University of Houston Law Center (Houston,Texas-USA)
    Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD) South Texas College of Law (Houston, Texas-USA) Texas State Bar Certified Attorney at Law.

    At least he is educated and has not bought or displayed mail order/honorary degrees. His record in Government has been clean and he did not keep quiet when he witnessed corruption.

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  • Dec 7, 2011 - 9:43PM

    He should join PTI. Haj Corruption Affairs were disclosed by him.Probably JUi( F) did not want it.

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  • Saleem
    Dec 7, 2011 - 10:42PM

    Time to move to Greener pastures ……..

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  • Salman Zafar
    Dec 7, 2011 - 11:31PM

    Magnet of 30 October jalsa of PTI is still working.

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  • Truthful
    Dec 8, 2011 - 1:24AM

    Swati is good but I still wait for Marvi to pitch in!!!

    Marvi:
    If u reading this lets cut our egos and join the party…

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  • Dec 8, 2011 - 1:38AM

    I am not thinking about his resignation, but guessing his intention. He is the most wealthier of Pakistani Politicians. The most educated as one of my friend pointed out above and Also have declared his assets. Having such a huge amount of wealth I feel he is not fond of power. He want to do some social type of work. He once in a program called Imran a friend. I think for him, the best place to stand is PTI. Rest of the parties are family enterprises and doing politics like Saudis.

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  • moin
    Dec 8, 2011 - 2:04AM

    I am from the same area where Mr swati is from, he is very honest and up-right person. I am so happy to see him saying good bye to JUI and even happier to see him thinking to join PTI, the party of the future. Well-done Azam Swati saab and welcome to PTI.

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  • khalid
    Dec 8, 2011 - 2:33AM

    We accept that Mr Swati was clean minister.It was due to JUI that he was not allowed to do any kind of corruption.JUI platform enable him to not involve in such things.When he exposed Haj scam, he was sacked from ministry.So his leader mulana Fazal Rahman left the government and gave the nation a message that we are with honest people and for such people we can go up to any point and can make any kind of sacrifice.

    But i am trying to understand his resignation from JUI because the party stand with him in his stand against corruption. So then why he ressigned from the JUI that give weightage and help him to make his voice loud against the corruption. He is fool or consider that we, the Pakistani are. Let see him what he will do if he quit JUI and join any other party. If he decide to join any other party, he will be like Javed Ibrahem Parach.

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  • Abdul Rahman Khan
    Dec 8, 2011 - 3:05AM

    People like Mr Azam Swati has no place in pakistan politics. One has to be a corrupt, selfish, devoid of sense of patriotism etc. etc.to be a member of pakistan parliament. Mr Swati has no such traits of personal character. He is an honest and right thinking person and has proved this during his short parliamentary life. We salute to people like you Mr. Swati.

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  • ihtisham
    Dec 8, 2011 - 4:03AM

    welcome to PTI sir.

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  • Kamal
    Dec 8, 2011 - 6:03AM

    He has a reputation of being an honest man which matters. Also, during his tenure as a Minister and a senator he didnot get any salaries, allowances and other perks on his own request. Will be a good boost for PTI in Hazara. Goodluck

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  • babar
    Dec 8, 2011 - 6:34AM

    He is a patriot he gave up his american nationality for pakistan and people of pakistan unlike the rest of politicians .. and yes he is clean and no allegation against him very good addition to PTI very wellcome to PTI caravan waiting for marvi memon now :-)

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  • MarkH
    Dec 8, 2011 - 8:36AM

    @Habib:
    I have no desire to argue reputation since I know little about him but, one thing stood out. Wealthy people are usually the ones most fond of power. They like being exceptions to rules the most.

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  • zeeshan
    Dec 8, 2011 - 12:26PM

    PTI will welome you as it is likely to be a healthy addition in the party

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  • MAD
    Dec 8, 2011 - 2:32PM

    @sid:

    July 13
    Chantel Laurent vs. Swati Enterprises Inc. et al
    PA – Hohn Carwile, J – Bob Wortham
    Last month Chantel Laurent paid a visit to EZ Washateria in Port Arthur for “business purposes.” When she entered the store, an unhinged door fell on her, causing Laurent to suffer serious and permanent injuries, plus mental anguish. Seeking to recover more than $50,000 in damages, Laurent filed a personal injury lawsuit against Swati Enterprises Inc. and Mohammad Azam Swati, the washateria’s owners.
    Case No. A179-658

    wow what a big fraud.

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  • Muhammad
    Dec 10, 2011 - 5:01AM

    @MAD: The individual just sued Mr.Swati and his company; he wasn’t accused of any fraud. Please read the case description again. Thank you!

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  • Maulvi Imran Ahmed
    Dec 10, 2011 - 11:24AM

    @Muhammad, this is exactly what Mad said. Mad used irony, a concept also termed tanz. Unless their is actual evidence of fraud it is wrong to slander people.

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  • Dec 17, 2011 - 9:11PM

    @Maryam:

    Aren’t all of us turncoats? We use lux at one time and safeguard at another. Vote for the popular local hero at one time and then PML (N) in other. Want to become engineer at childhood, but go on to become a doctor. Perceptions change with time.

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