Chief Justice Orders Shahbaz Sharif to Return Tax Money Used on Self Promotion

Supreme Court of Pakistan has ordered Chief Minister Punjab, Shahbaz Sharif, to pay back Rs 5.5 million to the national treasury. The decision comes after the Supreme Court took a suo moto notice regarding the money spent on advertisements by provincial governments.

Supreme Court noticed that taxpayers’ money was being used for self-promotion.

The apex court of the country took notice of the unthrifty expenditure by Punjab government on ads and issued these directives. A copy of an ad with a picture of Chief Minister Punjab was shown in the court. After considering the evidence, the court ordered him to reimburse the expenses.

Along with the reimbursement orders, Supreme Court further directed Punjab government, its chief minister, PML-N and the All Pakistan Newspapers Society to submit their responses as well.


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Mian Saqib Nisar, Chief Justice of Pakistan, headed the three-member bench himself and heard the case.

The Case

Supreme Court wasn’t happy about the extravagant money spent on ad campaigns. In a previous hearing, the court ordered provincial information secretaries to submit a report depicting all details about the money that was spent on advertisements.

The information secretary submitted a response, in which it was stated that Rs 120 million were spent on ads in one month. Upon hearing this, the CJP stated;

Rs120m in one month amounts to Rs1.5 billion worth of advertisements in a year.

The court remarked that state-run schools have no water, hospitals lack medicines while the government is busy spending money on self-promotion. The court inquired about the cost of an ad carrying Shahbaz Sharif’s picture as well. The Supreme Court learned that Rs 5.5 million were spent on that specific ad and hence ordered the Chief Minister to reimburse that amount to the treasury.


  • Everyone should return public money, why only Nawaz and Shahbaz?. This judiciary is completely political. Why not this judge return all the Money these judges have looted ? It is very clear from current political situation that all anti-democratic forces have joined hands against PMLn (although speaking strictly PMLn itself didnt itself have a democratic past but then it has got the votes ) and Establishment is pulling the strings in every matter with the help of Supreme Court and the “tamasha” that has been played in Balochistan by agencies and a revolt was planted . . … we are not fools . . . we are watching everything.

    BTW i am neither a PMLn supporter nor ever voted for it but enough biased attitudes and targeting of Nawaz and Co.

    Generals loot billions and they get away with it. Judges loot and they get away with it.

    Only politicians are defamed and targeted. Sorry. Either everyone will be taken to task or no one.

    • How and when exactly have judges looted money?

      Also there is already a case against generals regarding Royal Palm case.

      Also Jahangir Tareen from PTI was disqualified by the same court.

      The reason why you get to hear more about Nawaz and Shahbaz is because they are the most corrupt. Nobody said anything when judges disqualified PPP Prime Minister in 2013, or when the courts stopped numerous projects in people’s party’s time.

      • Kindly tell me what action has been taken against iftikhar Choudhary and his son ? Accountability should be same for all .be it general politician or a judge

        • Ex-CJ Iftikhar Chaudry stopped rental power project, hearing on the case stopped and case was never heard again. It costed Pakistan 1.6 Billion $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ in compensation to be paid now to Turkish company. Thank you Iftikhar Chaudry.

          Reku Diq Project is yet another example where our “active” court of Iftikhar Chaudry intervened and now Pakistan is facing compensation claim of 11 Billion $$$$$$$$$ in International Court.

          These are two examples of how our judges now love to be public heroes rather doing justice. No one finds out their out of law and constitution exercise of power is costing a lot to Pakistan.

          • Where were the lawyers of the Govt then? Couldn’t they satisfy the court? And why the corrupt official gave the contract without even following rules and for the commissions? So you’re saying corrupt official gave contract and when it was cancelled it was due to supreme court? lol take a life, we won’t accept a corrupt thug as our leader,

            • Dude, you first need to learn that it was in PPP government and 2nd still no corruption was proved. Iftikhar Chuadry badly wanted publicity but why he couldn’t give any judgement against government official because he had no proof against anyone.

              Singing corruption song is good for ears but requires evidence, it should not be for point scoring or to win argument only.

      • 3 Generals are named, 1 PTI leader disqualified ….

        conclusion by common man “Justice is across the board and everyone is now being made accountable.” Yaaaayyyyy

        Define corrupt please, elaborate where Sharif brothers did corruption, please do not say that they owe property made by public money, provide evidences that they did corruption in so and so projects, schemes etc and then transferred money out of Pakistan. Don’t say that as Imran Niazi has said so and Baba-Rehmatay is on adventure and on suicide mission with support of military establishment proves all the propaganda as right.

        Let me remind you ex-CJ Iftikhar Chaudry stopped rental power project, hearing on the case stopped and case was never heard again. It costed Pakistan 1.6 Billion $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ in fine to be paid now to Turkish company as compensation. Thank you Iftikhar Chaudry.

        Reku Diq Project is yet another example where our “active” court of Iftikhar Chaudry intervened and now Pakistan is facing compensation claim of 11 Billion $$$$$$$$$ in International Court.

        • Keep crying, no one would care about your illogical comments showing sign of frustration as you’re seeing your corrupt goon leaders will not be in power anymore, they will be held accountable.

      • Why would you say silent supporter? It is no sin to be supporter of PMLN as you think. People are proudly supporting a political party headed by an ex-cricketer and play-boy.

    • So you realise now that everything judiciary is doing is political, wow you seems to be sleeping when decisions against other people were being delivered. You want selective justice to liking of yours.

      • Mention names of those “other” people please. You are waking up from the sleep I think.

    • “Only politicians are defamed and targeted”…… well…. they are the ones elected by the people (at least that is the presumption) so technically they should not be allowing generals and judges or anyone else to loot… instead of doing that they are looting 100 times more ;) i say supreme court is doing a fabulous job… kudos to them…. keep up the good work. I would actually go ahead and increase the intensity by 10 times hehe…

      • Mr. Hippo,

        I don’t know from where you got that 100 times more figure but I strongly recommend you to go visit offices of Major to a General, go and see regimental centers. If luxury you think is what politicians are enjoying after your visits your mindset will definitely change provided you are not born biased.

        If military denies their audit it shows fear of being exposed, otherwise there are hundreds of areas other than defence production and military operations which should be audited.

        Life style of official accomodation, offices and perks of military officers do not match with lifestyle of common Pakistani.

    • What I am saying this as I am from a military family, my classmates were from captain to major general rank.

      Accomodations, offices, garrisons, regimental centers and perks which military officers enjoy in Pakistan doesn’t match with lifestyle of common Pakistani.

      • Keep crying, no one would care about your illogical comments showing sign of frustration as you’re seeing your corrupt goon leaders will not be in power anymore, they will be held accountable. Don’t try to convince us that NS is not corrupt.

        • You are you, not “Us”, don’t try to represent everyone please.

          Why all your posts start with “Keep crying” ?

    • Our nation needs to learn appreciating those who do something for the country as they do not do this for salary. This is very much normal that leaders/rulers take credit for what they do for people because they deserve it. Our nation has some really strange mindset which is way too different than rest of the world.

      We embarrass and label those who do good, we hang them, attack their reputation.

      Remember Dr. Abdul Qadir Khan ? He is the guy whose work saved a$$ of those who do not like anyone take credit of what they do for this nation.

    • Baba-Rehmatay has not seen advertisements by KPK and Sindh governments probably.

      All his love is for Sharif brothers.

      Sadly in Pakistan poetry in judgement is now a new trend, judges want to be “in” media with their “commentary”.

      I see that in future the sou-moto and contempt of court laws will change with conduct of judges discussed in parliament.

      • Please show me an advertisement from each of the province.

        You’re trying to be a scholar of being who is right and who is wrong, before blaimg judiciary, can you even answer why they submitted forged documents and didn’t provide any income source apart from the Qatar’s bogus letter?

    • If you would know the process of reference you would’t had made this ignorant comment. Govt should file a case and ask FIA to bring Musharraf back with the help of Interpol.
      You’re fool not but trying to fool others.

      • Why The Generals dont bring their own Chief from Dubai and present him to court. ?
        [ Govt should file a case and ask FIA to bring Musharraf back with the help of Interpol. ]
        haahaha. . . . yeah… . so simple . . . . like ABCD . . .

        So howcome Raheel helped Mush get away (as per Mush own interviews ?)

        Do the Generals have balls to let their man face the court ?

        Sorry dont try to fool others by such lame and simplistic views.

  • Excellent decision this is democracy not kingdom that he is slapping his photos on ads like if he himself paid for it. I like SS despite being member of other party but this should not be allowed.

    • If he is doing something he has every right to take credit of it. Try to appreciate those who work for this country/people or otherwise you will be left with so called “inqalabiz” only.

      • So you are trying to say, stopping Shehbaz Sharif from putting his photo on every public ad is stop him to work? Stop this lame mentality, and you didn’t read the comment first time, read again,

  • Punish bastards like these. Only ordering them to return the money is itself an act of connivance. This is nothing but an eyewash.

    • And who will punish those bastards who’s “one & only” completed project in 4 years government, Bab-e-Peshawar Flyover developed Cracks and is closed for Heavy Traffic.

      • Asian Development Bank is so upset on the worst planning ever done and frequent variations in designs of metro bus project in Peshawar. If you read the whole story even a person with no engineering background will laugh on this.

        They could not make even a single successful project even in the provincial capital. Bravo PTI.

          • bit. ly / 2ED9f1h

            Go to this link to see how your Imran Niazi is in KPK government advertisements , don’t kill yourself after that if you feel some shame :)

    • Should you not be spanked for using such words on a public blog?

      Learn to appreciate those who do something for the country. This is very much normal that leaders/rulers take credit for what they do for people because they deserve it. Our nation has some really strange mindset which is way too different than rest of the world.

      • Kindly explain what reforms they have made for the betterment of Education, health and other areas apart from a few bridges and metro? Did they provide clean drinking water? I would want an answer

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