Govt moves IHC to stop PIC giving details of PM Imran’s gifts
The Islamabad High Court (IHC) Monday began the hearing of a petition filed by the federal government against the order given by the Pakistan Information Commission (PIC) to give details of the gifts received by Prime Minister Imran Khan from abroad to a citizen, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb of the IHC heard the petition, filed by the Cabinet Division.
Terming the gifts given by the foreign heads of states to the prime minister ‘classified’, Assistant Attorney General (AAG) Atiqur Rehman Siddiqui said that an exchange of gifts between the leaders of two countries were reflective of inter-state relations.
“The disclosure of their details will create media hype besides becoming the cause of spread of ‘fake news’,” the AAG said, and added, “And the spread of fake news will not only undermine Pakistan’s relationship with other countries but will also damage the country’s reputation.”
The IHC issues notices to the Pakistan Information Commission and the citizen, Ibrar Khalid, before adjourning the hearing.