CJP orders Sindh CM to pay Rs1.4m from his own pocket for govt ads
Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar has ordered Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah to pay Rs1.4mn for a Sindh government advertisement that featured his picture in it, on Thursday.
The decision was taken by the chief justice during the hearing of a suo motu notice taken against government advertisements given to media houses.
The chief justice ordered Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah to pauy Rs1.4 million from his own pocket or from PPP funds.
He said that featuring one’s own photographs in government advertisements was unethical.
The chief justice pointed out that Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif had paid Rs5 million from his own pocket for an advertisement that featured his picture in it.
He sought reply from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak over two government advertisements that featured his picture in them.
The KP information secretary submitted a report in court, requesting the judges for 10 days till he could submit a reply.
The chief justice rejected the report and reprimanded the information secretary for defending political personalities wrongfully.
He said that the KP government was attempting to mislead the court.
The apex court had taken suo motu notice of provincial governments issuing advertisements to media houses at the ‘nation’s expense’.
He had sought details of advertisements that were provided by the governments and to which media houses were they issued.
On April 14, 2018, Justice Saqib Nisar had ruled that government advertisements in TV or print featuring pictures of personalities were prohibited by the court.