Azam Khan Swati

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Senator
Azam Khan Swati
(Urdu: اعظم خان سواتی‎)
Azam Khan Swati.jpg
President of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf KP
Incumbent
Assumed office
20 March 2013
President Javed Hashmi
Vice President Ejaz Chaudhary
Hamid Khan
Asad Umar
Appointed by Imran Khan
Constituency Constituency NA-20
Federal Minister for Science and Technology
In office
2008 – 17 December 2011
President Asif Ali Zardari
Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani
Succeeded by Ishfaq Ahmad
Member of the Senate of Pakistan
In office
2003–2011
President Pervez Musharraf
Asif Ali Zardari
Prime Minister Zafarullah Khan Jamali
Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain
Shaukat Aziz
Muhammad Mian Soomro
Yousaf Raza Gillani
Constituency Mansehra
Personal details
Born (1956-06-22) 22 June 1956 (age 58)
Political party Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (2002–2011)

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (2011–present)

Alma mater University of Houston
South Texas College of Law
Profession Politician
Religion Islam

Azam Khan Swati (Pashto: اعظم خان سواتی) (born 22 June 1956) is a Pakistani politician and a millionaire businessman who served as the Federal Minister for Science and Technology[1] and member of Senate of Pakistan from 2006 to 2011. He is the elected Senior Vice President of the Pakistan Movement of Justice.[2] Swati, during his stay in the United States, owned a chain of stores, was a member of Pakistani American Congress, played important role in high-profile charity events. He was born in North West Frontier Province (NWFP). He joined the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl party. Azam Khan Swati resigned from the Senate and the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI-F), on Saturday 17 December 2011, joined the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).[3] Swati 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.[4][5]

Early Life and Business[edit]

He was born and raised in a small village in the Mansehra area of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa of Pakistan formerly known (North West Frontier Province) of Pakistan[citation needed]. His father was a tout of the police and was famous as "Lamb Kanna" (long ears). His name at birth was Bashir. He belonged to a very humble family originally and later got employment in a bank in Pakistan and then ran off to USA with embezzled funds[citation needed] in the 1990s. In 1997 he established Pak-Oil Company and acquired a jobber-ship for Exxon, Chevron, Mobil,Shell and Diamond Shamrock[citation needed]. Besides fuel distribution and wholesale business[citation needed] he has handsome investments in real estate in the Beaumont-Golden Triangle area[citation needed] as well as in the bordering state of Louisiana[citation needed].

During his stay in United States, he keenly studied the American institutions and functioning of their democratic system[citation needed]. He felt the urge to help his country of origin by transferring the experience he had acquired in his adopted homeland America[citation needed]. He took along a burning desire to see American values of liberty, justice, the right to pursue happiness, civil liberties, rule of law, and due process transplanted in Pakistan.[6] Until 2007, he was an American citizen.[7] Because of some hanky panky of which Azam is a past-master, he laundered money in the U.S.A. and is now even denied a visa whenever he applies. Because of cases against him and his non-appearance in the courts Azam he is a declared proclaimed offender in the United States of America.

It is claimed by Swati that he is also distantly related to Reham Khan the notorious ex-divorcee and now wife of Pakistani cricketer-politician Imran Khan.[8] Though nothing can be said exactly as Azam is a habitual liar.

Education[edit]

He has a degree of M.A. Economics & Political Science[citation needed], LL.B (Gold Medalist), LL.M of International Law from University of Houston[citation needed] and Juris Doctor from South Texas College of Law as well as Attorney at law of Texas.[9] There is no record of Azam's enrollment at or of graduation from the above mentioned institutions.

Politics[edit]

He took on to the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl party. Azam Khan Swati resigned from the Senate and the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI-F), on Saturday 17 December 2011, joined the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). He is also the former Mayor of district Mansehra. He was also the member of Standing Committee on Commerce, Functional Committee on Government Assurance Functional Committee on Problems of Less Developed Areas, Standing Committee on Health, Committee on Petroleum and Natural Resources, Committee on Information Technology and Library Committee.[10] He was arrested in Islamabad for his active participation in the "Long March Against Nawaz Shareef" on 13 September 2014.

Assets[edit]

He is one of the richest parliamentarians in the history of Pakistan with assets of $20.5m. His declared assets are:[11]

  • Rs 250m Abbottabad house
  • Rs 0.45m another Abbottabad house;
  • 10 plots worth Rs 12m in Bahria Town
  • Rs 13 million of worth 8 plots in Top City
  • Rs 11m four plots;
  • Total current assets US$4.8m including personal banks accounts, note receivable etc.;
  • US$15m worth fixed assets including real estate, 46% equity in Swati Enterprises and 100% equity in Swati Investment co.
  • Other assets worth US$0.59m include household furniture, jewellery etc.
  • His liabilities are US$5.2m.

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