Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Lahore High Court Stops Govt from Advertising Free Flour Distribution

The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Friday prohibited the government from using commercials or any other form of publicity in connection with the distribution of free flour, citing the violation of the sanctity and dignity of human life.

The court has published its written decision in the case brought by the Judicial Activism Panel’s chair, attorney Azhar Siddique, concerning the deaths of people waiting in queue for free flour because of inadequate government regulation.

In the court’s decision, LHC Justice Shahid Jamil Khan questioned the government’s method for distributing flour and the deaths of citizens from chaos and poor administration. The court mandated a halt to any news or subsidy-related media advertisements for the distribution of vital supplies.

The government has been ordered by the court to build better facilities and make sure that supplies of basic necessities are distributed without delay. The provision of essentials to the populace falls under the purview of the government.

The court emphasized that it is inhumane to make recipients wait in line for free necessities. It further mentioned how making such a distribution public would only spread conflation and fright.

According to the court’s decision, people’s self-respect must be upheld in accordance with Islamic Way, the Holy Quran, and national constitutions that uphold human integrity and dignity.

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