SC orders to pay judges’ pension arrears within three years


ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court Wednesday directed the federal and provincial governments to ensure payment of pension arrears of retired judges of high courts within three years.

A three-member bench of apex court heard the case seeking payment of pension’s amount to the retired judges of high courts.

During hearing, the advocate general Punjab pleaded before the bench that the provincial government had no objection on payment of arrears. However, it was difficult to pay all money at once.

The attorney general also stated that the federal government had no objection on payment.

Justice Mansoor Ali Shah remarked that the federal government had also adopted the stance in favour of pension payment before the high court bench. It was not a judicial issue rather it was an administrative matter, he further remarked.

Justice Saeed observed that it would be better if all parties find a solution of this matter jointly. What order the court could pass in this case, he said.

He said let the court bring the stances of all respondents on record as federal and provincial governments were ready to pay arrears.

The court ordered the government to pay the arrears to the judges concerned within a period of three years.