KARACHI: The Sindh High Court on Monday issued notice to Sindh chief secretary, home secretary, secretary Sindh Services, General Administration and Coordination department (SGA&CD) and others to file comments on a petition seeking increase in salaries of Sindh police.
A division bench, headed by Justice Mohammad Ali Mazhar, was hearing a petition filed by Rana Faizul Hassan, a civil rights activist and general secretary of an NGO – United Human Rights Commission of Pakistan.
In the petition, Rana submitted the police personnel were being meted out injustice and step-motherly attitude; nevertheless they always remain at the forefront in fighting terrorism and facing criminals. He added around 181 police personnel lost their lives in the line of duty last year alone.
He stated that low-rank staff, including inspectors and constables, risked their lives chasing and rounding up the terrorists but higher officers took all the credit. The petitioner said the police personnel were facing hardships because of low salaries, adding, their salaries should be brought at par with those of Punjab police. He told the judges that police high-ups comparatively get higher salaries and other perks and privileges.
The petitioner said lower staff was also denied the promotions for many years and therefore many posts were lying vacant in the department. He alleged only favorites were being upgraded after taking huge bribe and appointments were made on the recommendation of high-ups without any merit.
The petitioner requested the court to order the authorities to increase the salaries of Sindh police and give them due promotions. The court was requested to issue directions for the government to appoint an honest retired judge as head of Sindh Public Service Commission. The petitioner prayed the court to direct the government to provide free education, medical facilities to Sindh police and their families.
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