Supreme court blocks open funds for Pakistani officials

December 08, 2013 - 10:31:02 am
ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan, in slamming the door for misuse of special funds by politicians in their election campaigns, said it was against the Islamic ethos.

In a judgment in a case involving former premier Raja Pervez Ashraf, the court ruled that the use of the term ‘notables’ (dignitaries) is abhorrent to the Islamic ethos. In its judgment abolishing the illegal allocation of Rs47bn for development projects of Ashraf, a three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry also held that the Constitution has no provision, which confers any discretionary power on Ashraf to allot money this way.               

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