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Ex-CJ seeks bulletproof vehicle for security

Updated Dec 14, 2013 11:16am


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Former Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry — File photo
Former Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry — File photo

ISLAMABAD Dec 13: Former Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry has sought police escort and a bulletproof vehicle for security, claiming that he was under threat.

Sources in the interior ministry and the capital police told Dawn that a written request for the security of the former chief justice was received by the ministry from the registrar office of the apex court.

In response, the interior ministry informed the registrar office that though security came under its domain, it could not arrange the bulletproof vehicle because only the cabinet division was empowered to sanction it.

The ministry, however, forwarded the demand for the bulletproof vehicle to the cabinet division.

According to the law, former judges, including the chief justices, are entitled to only one gunman for security, the sources said.

Though serving judges fall in the category of VIP, after retirement they are not entitled to police escorts, guards at their residences and more than one gunman for security.

Justice Chaudhry, while in office, enjoyed a contingent of 40-50 security personnel who escorted him on seven vehicles or were deployed at his official residence in the Judicial Colony.

A police officer said two vehicles and 12 personnel were still with the former chief justice which will also be withdrawn in a month or two.

“He is entitled to a lone gunman as per law but is already having a group of 12 security personnel,” he added. Under such a circumstance, the demand for more security personnel is unjustified and a violation of the law, said the officer.


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Comments (7) Closed

Barkaat khan Dec 14, 2013 01:03pm

He had been serving PMLN for the last six years and be sure his demands must be fulfilled at the cost of public money.

akram Dec 14, 2013 03:56pm

it would make sense to make an exception in this case, for a time period of say a year. He has made some powerful enemies, his killing would reduce the power of sitting judges to make independent decisions so an exception is very justified in this exceptional case.

Mohammed Khokher Dec 14, 2013 04:06pm

His Honour was lecturing us all about rule of law, fairness, equality. We expect him to show that he practices those principles. If His Honour needs stronger personal security force, let him spend some of the millions he and his son have illegally amassed at our cost.

Dr sikander Sher Dec 14, 2013 07:55pm

so finally the MAN who portrayed himself as one of the people shows his true colors by asking for VIP protocol bravo least now people will see the truth behind the myth that was our Chief justice

Khalid Dec 15, 2013 06:40pm

WOW. And the chief justice of the United Kingdom travels in underground and has no security. What is chief justice worried about?. Is he scared of the same people who expected him to provide justice to them?.

Laeeq,NY Dec 16, 2013 05:18am

An asylum for our suo moto champion in a foreign country will be more appropriate at this time.

Ahmad German Dec 17, 2013 09:31pm

Bullet proof car for him?? What about security and safety of all Pakistani citizen? This is "nonsense", why Pakistani tax payers should pay for his safety?