ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar Wednesday took a suo moto notice of media advertisements by the government of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh.
He directed information secretaries of the three provincial governments to submit the record of awarding advertisements to print and electronic media within a week and also asked the authorities to provide details of how many advertisements were provided to each media house.
The apex court also constituted a three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar and fixed a hearing to be held on March 12.
The chief justice asked whether spending huge amounts on media advertisements by provincial governments was a pre poll rigging.
He observed that advertisements were being given from national exchequer and public money was being spent for personal advertisements.
He remarked that medicines were not available for poor people in public hospitals and there was no drinking water in 4,000 schools in Sindh.
The chief justice said the provincial governments gave advertisements in media with large logos and pictures to promote their projects. Those governments should promote their work at their own expenses, he added. – APP