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SC suspends notification for ex-ministers ‘lifetime perks’

Published Apr 17, 2013 05:33pm


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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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AR Apr 17, 2013 12:49pm
thank you chief justice.
Aamir Apr 17, 2013 12:50pm
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..............
tito Apr 17, 2013 01:00pm
SAL Apr 17, 2013 01:09pm
A very good decision. Why waste money on the ex-corrupt ministers. Why be scared? There is an Urdu saying 'Jaisee kernee waise bharnee'.
Usman786 Apr 17, 2013 01:42pm
what about package for Sindh MPAs, ex acting PMs and others X
Muhammad Ullah Apr 17, 2013 01:47pm
Excellent and well done Chief Justice! May Allah give you the reward for this.
asgher Apr 17, 2013 02:02pm
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.
Kamal Apr 17, 2013 02:21pm
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 Apr 17, 2013 02:24pm
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.
Shan Apr 17, 2013 02:27pm
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 Apr 17, 2013 02:41pm
They had their Innings,let them face the music now,they are public heroes-Why hiding-Leaders do not hide
Zia Apr 17, 2013 03:17pm
The notification about perks was ridiculous and shameful. Long live Supreme Court.
K.Butt Apr 17, 2013 03:33pm
Long Live Our Supream Court.
Khan Apr 17, 2013 04:21pm
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!
Vigilant Apr 17, 2013 04:23pm
Extremely happy to hear that.......lifetime security & perks for crooks on my tax way
Nasr Apr 17, 2013 04:25pm
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 Apr 17, 2013 04:50pm
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 Apr 17, 2013 05:03pm
SC has done the right thing, These opportunists deserve to know that illegal action by them will fire back.
anony Apr 17, 2013 05:13pm
Well done Supreme court.
Malick Apr 17, 2013 05:23pm
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.
AA Apr 17, 2013 05:38pm
Shameless PPP!
Malik Apr 17, 2013 09:04pm
What a shame! Is there no end to their greed?
Adil Khan Apr 18, 2013 12:10am
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.
farid Apr 18, 2013 12:43am
What a country!