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Pictures of politicians not used in government ads, KP informs Supreme Court | Pakistan

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government spent 240 million rupees on advertising from December 1, 2018 to February 28, 2018. Photo: File

ISLAMABAD: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) officials reported on Tuesday in the Supreme Court that the provincial government did not indulge in self-praise when printing advertisements.

On February 28, the Chief Justice received advance notice of ongoing advertising campaigns in Punjab, Sindh and KP provinces.

On hearing the case on Monday (yesterday), the Chief Justice asked how many advertisements the KP government printed and broadcast with photographs of the chief minister of the KP and the chief of the party, Imran Khan.

When answering a question today, the KP information secretary told the court that he could not find Imran and Hattack's photos in advertisements published by the provincial government from December 1, 2017 to February 28, 2018.

In response to a question about why the KP government spent 240 million rupees on advertising, the information secretary replied that the advertisements were intended to inform the public and feedback.

Punjab's administration in hot water over "personal glorification"

An additional lawyer Punjab also presented a report to the top court today. He replied in the affirmative to the CJP's question about photos of political leaders posted in advertisements of the Punjab government.

"Who will pay for personal glorification of leaders?" Judge Nisar noted, asking whether the previous contribution of 5.5 million rupees was filed by the chief minister for using his picture in government announcements.

Party leaders should return money for advertisements with their photos in them, – explained the CJP, adding that the Supreme Court does not want photographs of political leaders to be placed on government advertisements.

Chief Justice Nisar then remarked that the case would be resolved within a day or two.

During the previous hearing, the CJP expressed its dissatisfaction with political parties using public money for their advertising campaigns.

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