The Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) on Friday took up a suo motu case on official authorities ads. Within the dock are three provincial set-ups: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Sindh and the Punjab for the 2013-18 interval. Thus Justice Saqib Nisar directed federal Defence Minister Pervez Khattak to cough up Rs1.three million for operating adverts that includes his picture throughout his tenure as Chief Minister KP below the final set-up. Whereas PMLN president Shehbaz Sharif was ordered to pay some Rs5.5 million associated to his tenure as CM Punjab.
Thus it is just proper that the nationwide exchequer is reimbursed — and never the dam fund — for what’s tantamount to a gross misappropriation of funds. The CJP banned photos of politicians in promoting campaigns again in April of this 12 months to keep away from prices of pre-poll rigging. Thereby elevating questions as as to if the aforementioned sums merely lined the ultimate poll furlong. It’s not inconceivable. Certainly, the PTI had made its presence felt in each Lahore and Islamabad by flooding the 2 cities with banners. This isn’t to say reviews of how Imran Khan had reportedly toyed with the thought of splurging Rs10 million on a print media marketing campaign; masking a three-week interval.
Pakistan’s political management throughout the good divide must rethink the goals of presidency adverts. For there seems a collective misunderstanding on this entrance. An enormous distinction exists between gratuitous self-promotion and elevating consciousness as a part of a public info marketing campaign. Britain, for instance, has lengthy imposed bans on political promoting in a bid to keep away from distorting public debate on the grounds that cash not solely talks however has the loudest voice. But this doesn’t imply that the London Mayor, say, can not seem as a part of a radio marketing campaign to tell the citizenry concerning the steps that they will take as people or households to curb air pollution as a part of a broader drive for cleaner air within the capital. That is within the public curiosity. Whereas back-slapping and the politics of one-upmanship usually are not.
It’s subsequently hoped that the provincial set-ups absolutely perceive the CJP’s message. For public coffers belong to the individuals. Not their elected representatives. *
Printed in Every day Instances, December 16th2018.