The old military pensioners

Published Jun 22, 2013 08:29am

DURING the rule of Gen Zialul Haq pays and pensions of the retiring government servants increased in 1986. Despite the liberal raise awarded, a cruel anomaly was left behind. The new liberal scale was refused to the then existing pensioners, and pre-1986 pensioners were retained on the old miserable scales. Thus two distinct classes of pensioners were created.

A brigadier retiring in the pre-1986 era received only Rs3300 a month as compared to over Rs10,000 for the one of the post-1986 period. It gave rise to a slogan of “one rank, one pension”.

The date of retirement cannot be allowed to usher in miseries for those who retire earlier in the same rank. A Shariat petition was filed by the old pensioners in the Federal Shariat Court in October 1990.

The decision was given by the Shariat Court on Oct 14, 1992, in favour of ‘old pensioners’. An appeal was given by the government which is still lying in the court. In the meantime, many of the old pensioners have died while the rest are waiting for their turn.

The slogan ‘one rank, one pension’ still exists. In the meantime, the budget gave every year 20pc raise to the pensioners of pre-1986 and thus they were being given some extra tolls and consolation.

This year, unluckily, the budget has remitted that extra raise and that now all the military pensioners pre-1986 have reached the level of post-1986, especially the lower ranks.

BRIG ( r) A.Q. ANJUM
Rawalpindi

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Comments (3) (Closed)


Guest63
Jun 22, 2013 12:59pm

I am not sure what the hon retired brigadier wants to complain about specially with the new budget allocation where all pre- and post 1986 according to his own admission , have reached the same level of pensions , why Cry then and ask for special treatment ?!? if pension levels have matched , then good for every body as every body is now living in the same hell and no preference is given to oldies . I guess the purchasing power of pre-1986 was far better even if the pension numbers were lower than post-1986 pensioners . Live within your means dear sir , this is what your entitlement is .... Kinnat ( lving within one's mean ) is the divine blessings given to only good people . I do not think either pre-1986 or post-1986 brigadiers would have been living on mere pensions , there would have been far more and far exceeding other perks and previlages ( you would not list them cos it will expose the other dark side of being in the brass heads of the defense forces ! ) which you had or your colleges had benefited during and after the retirements too .

Khalid Butt
Jun 22, 2013 11:27pm

When I retired in 1971 as a major after taking active part in 65 war my pension was Rs.512.00 which slowly in last 42 years has gone up to Rs. 11000.00 where as a new major retiring now gets much more than that. I got my pension (50%) comuted and got Rs. 48000.00 and the residual pension was Rs. 215.00 Gen. Zia may be very God fearing but he never was a just man he never gave equal pension to equal ranks. The old pensioners are very hard hit as they still get the old rate of pensions.

Major (R) Sirajuddin Ahmed
Jun 23, 2013 03:53am

I retired in Dec 1975. Most of my sibling had settled in USA and I got a chance to move to USA. To go along with American standards, I changed my name to Siraj Imam Syed after due notification according to Pakistani law and this change was made in the CORO. I do have dual nationality with USA and Pakistan. After serving 20 years, I have recently received a letter from Military Account General office that that My pension has been suspended and needs sanction from the President of Pakistan which may take a few yearsn Ashfaq Kiani should take care of the old pens