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AJK election commission warns against use of army chief’s pictures for political purposes – Pakistan

The Election Fee of Azad Jammu and Kashmir has warned political events in opposition to utilizing portraits of military officers, primarily the chief of military workers, and heads of every other establishments such because the judiciary of their newspaper commercials and panaflex banners and posters.

An order to this impact was issued by Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) retired Justice Abdul Rashid Salahria after the image of a welcome banner put up by a Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief, which carried portraits of Prime Minister Imran Khan, Military Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa and one other central celebration chief, went viral on social media, with many customers criticising the alleged “politicisation of the armed forces”.

We’ve got obtained complaints that some political events are utilizing photos of the military chief of their commercials and panaflex banners. Underneath [the] legislation, no particular person or political celebration can use or run a marketing campaign on the idea of the photographs of the military chief or the top of every other establishment. Such a step could result in disqualification [of the political party or its leader concerned] underneath Part 21 of the Election Act, 2020,” the order stated.

It identified that every one political events have been sure by the code of conduct underneath Part 106 of the Election Act and couldn’t deviate from it.

Subsequently all people and political events are prohibited from exhibiting for political functions their [alleged] connections with the armed forces, significantly the military chief, judiciary or every other establishment, or utilizing their photos of their commercials and panaflex banners and posters for the aim of publicity.”

The CEC directed the divisional and district administrations to provoke motion underneath the legislation in opposition to these discovered violating his order along with eradicating all such banners and posters instantly.

In pursuance of the order, the divisional commissioners of Muzaffarabad, Poonch and Mirpur have been requested by the election fee secretary to do the needful with none delay.

Common elections are slated to be held in AJK within the mid of subsequent yr. The final elections held in July 2016 have been swept by the PML-N.

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