SC imposes ban on display of politicians images in public offices
ISLAMABAD: Justice Qazi Faez Isa issued an order refraining authorities concerned from displaying images of politicians and public office holders on government buildings, projects and documents.
Supreme Court issued these orders in a five-page judgment authored by Justice Isa in Rawalpindi slums case, apex court questioned why photographs of then Chief Minister Chaudhary Pervez Elahi were printed on certificates of properties located in Rawalpindi slum. SC held that personal advertisement could not be allowed at expense of official resources, while this is also in contravention of one’s oath of office. Affixing photographs for personal publicity on government property offends moral values, court said in order.
“Pakistan is not anyone’s domain where people bow before rulers,” SC judge said adding, “In order to uphold country’s democratic reputation, we have to be vigilant”. Supreme Court in verdict ordered all chief secretaries and federal administration should ensure implementation of court decision.
Published in The Daily National Courier, November, 24 2022