SIALKOT (Web Desk) – Flouting the government ban on bathing in a local canal, Pakistan’s state Minister for Defense and Water and Power Khawaja Asif recently took a cool dip in a canal in his native town of Sialkot.

A video posted by Dunya News shows the minister diving into the Motra Canal alongside a large group of people.

During a visit to his constituency last Sunday, the minister arrived at Motra Canal along with his friends including MPA Manshaullah Butt, former deputy mayor Babar Khan, expected chairman of municipal corporation Chaudhry Tauheed Akhtar and others.

Khawaja Asif jumped into the canal along with his friends despite imposition of Section 144 by the district administration that bars locals from entering rivers and canals.

According to Motra Station House Officer (SHO) Rai Safdar Hussain, citizens are strictly prohibited from swimming in the canals. However, action could not be taken “because it is his day-off.”