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Imran Khan's PTI-led govt in Khyber spent Rs 1.63 bn on ads: official

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

The Tehreek-i-Insaf-led government of has spent around Rs 1.63 billion on in the last five years to highlight its performance, a informed the today.

told this to a three-member bench, headed by of Saqib Nisar, during the hearing of a suo motu case of against alleged spending of hefty amount on advertisements by provincial governments of Punjab, and to highlight their achievements ahead of elections schedule later this year.

During the hearing, the asked how many advertisements were issued to print and by the and how many of them carried the photo of and

To which, Alam then informed the bench that the has spent Rs 1.63 billion on advertisements during the last five years, while Rs 204.7 million were spent for the purpose during the last three months, Dawn reported.

The then directed the to submit details of KP government's advertisement expenditure of the last year, and bring with him copies of ads which carried photos of Khan and Khattak.

The CJP also asked whether had deposited Rs 5.5 million to the national exchequer that the apex court had directed him to pay last week for spending on a


The additional general then submitted a copy of the cheque of Rs 5.5 million that was paid by Sharif.

The amount was reimbursed from "party funds", the told the court.

Stressing that the funds spent on political advertisement campaigns belonged to the treasury, Justice Nisar said "We have nothing against the advertisements, but they should not be for personal publicity".

He also said that the photographs of late Benazir Bhutto, and PPP also should not appear in government advertisements.

The money spent on government advertisements belonged to the people of Pakistan, the CJP said, adding that the court wants to end the wastage of public funds.

Justice Nisar stressed that the court was not ending the flow of advertisements to newspapers, but only halting "a category of advertisements", and adjourned the hearing till tomorrow.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, March 12 2018. 20:45 IST
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