Islamabad (Staff Report): Chief justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar on Wednesday took suo-moto notice of media advertisements by the provincial governments.

A three-member bench of the apex court headed by the CJP , directed information secretaries of Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab governments to submit the record of awarding advertisements to print and electronic media within a week.

The court also asked the authorities to provide details of how many advertisements were provided to each media house.

The top judge observed that there was no water in state-run schools, no medicines available in public hospitals and yet, provincial governments spend taxpayers’ money on massive advertisements.

The chief justice said that the provincial governments run advertisements in the media with large logos and pictures to promote their projects mention that ‘4,500 schools in Sindh were deprived of potable water’.