Veter­ans vic­tim of govt ap­a­thy

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL - SHER GONDAL

MANDI BAHAUDDIN—Exser­vice­men in a meet­ing with Dis­trict Pres­i­dent Pak­istan Ex-Ser­vice­men So­ci­ety (PESS) Ma­jor (re­tired) Sher Muham­mad Gondal com­plained that old veter­ans were be­ing ne­glected by gov­ern­ment.

Capt Re­tired As­lam Gondal said old veter­ans de­mand for “one rank one pen­sion” was not ac­cepted by gov­ern­ment de­spite the fact Fed­eral Shariat Court de­cided this is­sue in favour of ex-ser­vice­men.

He said up to 1994 in­crease on draw­ing and com­muted por­tions of pen­sion was made. There af­ter in­crease in com­muted pen­sion was stopped and it was made only on drawn pen­sion. Un­der this pol­icy dif­fer­ence be­tween pen­sion of older and fresh pen­sion­ers in­creased and now the gap is un-pro­por­tional.

He de­manded if the gov­ern­ment was not will­ing to im­ple­ment “one rank one pen­sion” pol­icy, it should at least con­sider in­creas­ing com-muted por­tion of pen­sion and its ben­e­fits should be re­im­bursed to the pen­sion­ers.

He also pointed out that chil­dren of those army pen­sion­ers whose re­tire­ment pe­riod ex­ceeds 25 years on clos­ing date of ap­pli­ca­tion by GHQ are not el­i­gi­ble for ad­mis­sion in Army Med­i­cal Col­lege.

This con­di­tion is against nat­u­ral jus­tice, he added. He de­manded re­moval of this con­di­tion, adding that chil­dren of all ex-ser­vice­men should be ad­mit­ted on merit and length of re­tire­ment pe­riod ex­ceed­ing 25 years should not be made hur­dle in their way.

The meet­ing through a unan­i­mous res­o­lu­tion called on GHQ to con­sider their de­mands for ac­cep­tance.

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