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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday suspended a notification under which the ex-PPP government was entitled to lifetime security and other perks, DawnNews reported.

A five-member bench of the apex court, headed by chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, resumed the hearing of the case pertaining to security protocols and privileges for former premier Raja Pervez Ashraf and federal ministers.

Controller General Atif Usman duly said before the court that Rs.290 million were spent annually on security protocols for the PM and federal ministers, adding that provincial funds would be further used for security of the ex-premier.

The chief justice remarked that Interior Minister Rehman Malik would have to explain in court his reasons for entailing lifetime security.

He said that under Article 9 of the Constitution, it was the duty of the state to provide protection to all its citizens, but inquired under what law a notification on lifetime security was issued for an interior minister.

The bench ordered to suspend the notification which sanctioned benefits and privileges.

It also summoned the Home Secretary to personally appear in the court for the next hearing adjourned until tomorrow.

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April 17, 2013 12:49 pm
thank you chief justice.
April 17, 2013 12:50 pm
Supreme Court - Well done, CJP, you make me proud citizen of Pakistan one more time...... My poor country can not afford such corrupt politicians and they do not deserve any perks - rather complete audit of the spending of last 5 years must be done by some honest team..............
April 17, 2013 1:00 pm
April 17, 2013 1:09 pm
A very good decision. Why waste money on the ex-corrupt ministers. Why be scared? There is an Urdu saying 'Jaisee kernee waise bharnee'.
April 17, 2013 1:42 pm
what about package for Sindh MPAs, ex acting PMs and others X
Muhammad Ullah
April 17, 2013 1:47 pm
Excellent and well done Chief Justice! May Allah give you the reward for this.
April 17, 2013 2:02 pm
If the PPP government was concerned a bit about improving the law and order situation and providing good security to public they would not have been so worried about spending millions on their own now. Goodthing that SC slashed the phuddoo khata..also strongly need to audit the promotions and Regularization in Education sector that they did based on their relationships and political affiliations.
April 17, 2013 2:21 pm
This is democracy at work. What about Sindh Assembly legislation during last few days .They entitled themselves for some similar life time perks including diplomatic passports for themselves and their families. No party opposed such democratic moves.
Syed Ahmed
April 17, 2013 2:24 pm
Lifetime security and other perks and privileges must cease forth with, instead heavy penalty must be imposed on them for going against the spirit of Article 25 of the Constitution of Pakistan. We must not forget the Sindh ministers and Speaker who got special lifetime security, perks and privileges sanctioned for themselves as well as the Speaker of National Assembly Famida Mirza who got more than Rs70 Millions loan written off. They may be sent to jail for enhanced security.
April 17, 2013 2:27 pm
How else will the PPP protect the stolen wealth ???? They may need the army to protect them if tthey come to power for another five years.
Mushtaq Ahmad
April 17, 2013 2:41 pm
They had their Innings,let them face the music now,they are public heroes-Why hiding-Leaders do not hide
April 17, 2013 3:17 pm
The notification about perks was ridiculous and shameful. Long live Supreme Court.
April 17, 2013 3:33 pm
Long Live Our Supream Court.
April 17, 2013 4:21 pm
Shame on all of them. These people have no moral. Making laws to loot the county wealth until their last breath. Have not done anything for the country and living the life of billionaires on people's money. Lifetime secutiry my foot!
April 17, 2013 4:23 pm
Extremely happy to hear that.......lifetime security & perks for crooks on my tax way
April 17, 2013 4:25 pm
Why should all these people enjoy the full perks? SC please lessen it down at least. They have already become a burden on national exchequer by declaring a lot of benefits for life on the last day of their 5 year painful to the people rule of this country
Michael Malcolm
April 17, 2013 4:50 pm
Well done CJ the PPP thinks the country belongs to them and all the wealth the country had now needs to be protected by having high profile security at the expense of the poor. All other citizens may get killed would not be their concern. They should use their stolen wealth and have their own security.
Abdullah Hussain
April 17, 2013 5:03 pm
SC has done the right thing, These opportunists deserve to know that illegal action by them will fire back.
April 17, 2013 5:13 pm
Well done Supreme court.
April 17, 2013 5:23 pm
Supreme Court is making every efforts to keep out the PPP from election. This is a best kind of justice what Apex Court can deliver. Thanx to choudhary and his team.
April 17, 2013 5:38 pm
Shameless PPP!
April 17, 2013 9:04 pm
What a shame! Is there no end to their greed?
Adil Khan
April 18, 2013 12:10 am
after all that they have done for us? There is no decency, if we don't take care of these hard working individuals. I propose we give them the maximum security they need by placing them in prison. It will not harm the budget.
April 18, 2013 12:43 am
What a country!
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