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SC penalises CM Shah Rs1.4m for ad featuring his photo.

and Court disapproves of KP information secretary's report on campaign with Pervez Khattak's photos ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday penalised Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah a amount of Rs1.4 million for a government advertisement that had displayed his photograph. These directives were issued as the top court head a suo moto case pertaining to government sponsored media advertisements.

As a three-member bench headed by the top judge and comprising Justice Ijazul Ahsan and Justice Faisal Arbab heard the case, the court gave the provincial chief minister a deadline of 10 days to pay the amount, either with his own pocket or using his party, Pakistan People's Party's (PPP) funds. Justice Nisar reminded Shah that the former Punjab chief minister Shehbaz Sharif had paid Rs5 million as a penalty for an advertisement with his photograph.

The court also expressed its dissatisfaction with Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Information Secretary's report on a ten-day campaign featuring former chief minister Pervez Khattak's photos in which he had sought ten days to submit a reply The apex judge also rebuked the information secretary for unlawfully trying to protect a political figure despite being a government official'. The court then adjourned the hearing and gave the KP government till Monday to submit a reply in the matter.

In April, Justice Nisar had issued an order disallowing all electronic and print media organisations from featuring the pictures of political leaders in government-sponsored advertisements. He had issued these remarks while hearing a suo moto case pertaining to government's awarding of advertisements to media at nation's expense'.

"The court prohibits the use of pictures in government ads in electronic and print media from this point onwards," he had remarked. The chief justice had made it clear to the provincial governments to stop spending taxpayers' money on self-promotion through advertisements.

"We would not allow the taxpayers' money to be spent lavishly on political advertisements," he had said.

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Publication:Pakistan Today (Lahore, Pakistan)
Date:Nov 29, 2018
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