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Supreme Court bans displaying of politicians’ photos on Govt offices and documents

Justice Qazi Faez Isa issued an order Wednesday refraining the authorities concerned from displaying images of politicians and public office holders on government buildings, projects, and documents.

The Supreme Court issued these orders in a five-page judgement authored by Justice Isa in the Rawalpindi slums case.

The apex court questioned why the photographs of then Chief Minister Chaudhary Pervez Elahi printed on the certificates of properties located in a Rawalpindi slum.

The Supreme Court ruled that personal advertisements not allowed at the expense of official resources. As this violated one’s oath of office.

Affixing photographs for personal publicity on government property violates moral values, the court said in its order.

“Pakistan is not anyone’s domain where the people bow before the rulers,” the SC judge said, adding, “In order to uphold the country’s democratic reputation, we have to be vigilant.”

The Supreme Court, in its verdict, ordered all chief secretaries and the federal administration to ensure the implementation of the court decision.

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