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Minister in Imran Khan Cabinet quits over probe on former police chief s transfer

Prime Minister Imran Khan s Cabinet saw the first exit of a minister who quit to face a probe over his alleged role in the transfer of a former police chief. Minister for Science and Technology Azam Khan Swati was facing a case in the Supreme Court over allegations that he influenced the transfer of former Islamabad Inspector General of Police Jan Mohammad. Swati s ouster is the second loss to the Khan government after his Adviser on Parliamentary Affairs Babar Awan was forced to step down in September due alleged corruption. The government was under pressure from opposition for keeping a minister who was being probed. Swati told media that he tendered his resignation to Prime Minister Khan to clear his name and defend him without any portfolio or authority. To uphold my moral authority, I sent my resignation to the Prime Minister (and told him) that I cannot work under these conditions, Swati said. The senior police official was transferred for not taking telephone calls of Swati ..

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