Pamphlets dropped in favour of Hashmi stir controversy

MULTAN: The situation turned controversial when pamphlets in favour of Javed Hashmi were dropped from a plane in Multan, hours after the expiry of ECP’s deadline for the by-election campaign.

According to the ECP announcement, the political campaigns in connection with tomorrow’s by-election had ended at the midnight of Tuesday.

Javed Hashmi at a press conference at his residence today said the pamphlet drop was not part of any election campaign and it was just an advertisement. He said it was his friend who bore the expenses of this service.

He said even today’s newspapers carried advertisements from the contesting candidates.

Hashmi said the pamphlet drop was carried out at a cost of Rs40,000. He said the Tahirul Qadri had also used this option during the elections of 2002.

Meanwhile, the ECP taking notice of the incident, directed the concerned provincial authorities to put a check on such activities.