Rawalpindi: The Punjab government on December 27, fined Rs 4 lakh 51 thousand to Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) for damaging the flowers, plants, shrubs and trees during a Jalsa in Liaquat Bagh on the death anniversary of Benazir Bhutto.
According to a local media report, this is the first time in history that a political party has had to pay a fine to Rawalpindi’s Parks and Horticulture Authority (PHA) for damages.
It should be noted that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and the opposition party Pakistan Muslim League-N and the religious party Jamaat-e-Islami have also held public gatherings in the past, but the PHA has not claimed any loss.
Explaining the details of the losses, the department said that the participants not only damage plants and flowers but also the electronic system of the park.
The chairs, tents and stage were seized by the Gardens department after a public gathering, but the goods were later returned to PPP after PPP submitted fine to the private bank accounts of the Gardens Department.
In this regard, Peoples Party Rawalpindi President Babar Jadoon told the media that ‘no tree or plant was harmed during the Jalsa’.
At the same time, Babar Jadun said that the PTI government has taken this initiative in view of the successful Jalsa of the PPP in Punjab.