SC directs departments to devise mechanism for pensions payment

LHC orders removal of Gilani’s name from ECL; reserves verdict on VCs appointment process

Islamabad—The Supreme Court Monday directed the government and semi government organizations to devise mechanisms for payment of pensions to the retired employees. The court also directed to devise mechanisms and ensure payment of pensions in one month.
A three-member bench of the court headed by Justice Mian Saqib Nisar heard the suo moto notice case regarding delay in payment of pensions to retired employees. During the course of proceedings, a 74 year old retired employee appeared before the court and stated that he was receiving Rs 4000 pension while another petitioner appeared and informed that 3000 retired employees of Local Bodies Rawalpindi did not receive pension since last six months.
Justice Saqib Nisar remarked that courts decided case on merit and it could not increase pension. The court also directed the Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited to submit report regarding implementation of court orders in 15 days.
Lahore: The Lahore High Court on Monday ordered to remove name of Syed Ali Musa Gilani, son of former premier Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, from Exit Control List (ECL). Justice Shams Mehmood Mirza passed the orders while allowing a petition filed by Ali Musa Gilani for the purpose.
The court had reserved the verdict after hearing arguments of the parties and it was released Monday. Earlier, Ali’s counsel Barrister Salman Safdar informed the court that petitioner’s name was put on the ECL due to his involvement in a Ephedrine case.
Meanwhile, the Lahore High Court on Monday reserved verdict on petitions challenging appointment process of vice chancellors at four public sector universities of Punjab.
Justice Shahid Karim heard the petitions filed by Dr Asmatullah of the Punjab University’s Zoology Department and others. Earlier, the petitioners’ counsel Saad Rasool submitted that Punjab Higher Education Commission and Punjab Higher Education Department initiated the process for the appointment of the VCs at four varsities, including Punjab University, Lahore College for Women University, University of Sargodha and Nawaz Sharif University of Engineering and Technology Multan.
He contended that the process had been started without lawful authority whereas search committees formed by the government were also illegal. He said the powers to appoint the VCs solely rested with Higher Education Commission of Pakistan. He asked the court to direct the government to appoint the VCs in accordance with the law and observe merit.—APP

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