LAHORE: Punjab government’s health-specific media campaign has got on the nerves of Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, not because of any misappropriation or its failure, but it was in fact the use of ‘photoshopped’ image of the CM in the ad that was published in different newspapers.
The blunder was quickly spotted by the opposition party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and its senior leader Naeem ul Haq tweeted picture of the ad, slamming the chief minister and accusing him of ‘defrauding’ people.
Shahbaz Sharif has now ordered inquiry into the matter and directed relevant authorities to blacklist the advertising agency that doctored image of a foreigner to make his one.
The ad regarding allocation of Rs6 billion for 40 district headquarters hospitals in Punjab appeared in the newspapers last week. In the picture Shahbaz Sharif is seen with a ‘slim’ look but it was later found out that that the picture was actually of Michael J. Revness which was photoshopped to make it that of Sharif.
Shahbaz continues his fraud with the people. pic.twitter.com/2yV9PiKRaX
— Naeem ul Haque (@naeemul_haque) June 9, 2017
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Reports quoted Shahbaz Sharif as warning responsible persons that the act could be tried for cyber crime under the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act.