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President Zardari raises judges' salary by 20pc

01 February, 2013

ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari, on the advice of the prime minister, has approved a 20 percent raise in the salary as well as judicial allowance of judges of the superior courts.

According to a presidential order, the monthly salary of the chief justice of Pakistan has been increased from Rs 448,221 to Rs 537,865, while the salary of SC judges has been increased from Rs 423,414 to Rs 508,097. Their judicial allowance has been increased from Rs 196,219 to Rs 235,463.

The salary of the chief justices of the high courts has been increased from Rs 425,426 to Rs 498,509, whereas the salary of other judges of the high courts has been increased from Rs 399,447 to Rs 479,336. Their judicial allowance has been raised to Rs 188,370.

The salary as well as the superior judicial allowance of judges of the superior courts had been raised by 50 percent with effect from July 1, 2010, when this relief was allowed to the civil servants of Pakistan. Likewise, the civil servants were granted ad-hoc relief allowance at 15 percent of the basic pay with effect from July 1, 2011.

Accordingly, the salary and judicial allowance of judges of the superior courts were also raised by 15 percent. The government granted another ad-hoc relief allowance of 20 percent of the basic pay to all the civil employees as well as employees of the armed forces.

However, this relief/increase was not extended to the judges of the superior courts at that time. The expenditure incurred with this increase of salaries would be met from within the sanctioned budget of the respective courts.

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