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SC seeks details of Sindh govt’s ads showing pictures of political leaders

KARACHI: The Supreme Court on Saturday directed the Sindh chief secretary to submit details of a media campaign ran by the provincial government at taxpayers’ expense.  A three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar, was hearing a suo motu case pertaining to ad campaigns of the provincial governments showing pictures of political leaders with public money. The bench directed the chief secretary to submit complete details of the advertisements which carried pictures of political leaders and…

Chief justice takes notice of use of public money on ads

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar on Wednesday took suo motu notice of the use of public money for advertisement of uplift schemes by the provincial governments. The chief justice observed that the advertisement of development projects and the governments' achievements was tantamount to pre-poll rigging. He questioned why the provincial governments were using the national kitty for such purpose. Advertisements, which portrayed political leaders and are aimed at self-promotion, were being…

US buys ads on Facebook to fight religious extremists

WASHINGTON: Social media has long been a key battlefield in the war on Islamic extremism. But the US has found this year that online ads on media like Facebook, rather than posts, are a cost-effective way to fight the extremists propaganda of the Islamic State and other such groups. Michael Lumpkin, the State Department's point man in the "soft power" fight against extremists, said Thursday at the Defense One Summit in Washington that Facebook's detailed metrics for advertisers helps the government campaign reach its…