Non-payment of salaries to Christians: SHC issues notice to top officials on contempt plea

December 23, 2013 Off By Web Desk

Karachi: Sindh High Court (SHC) on Monday issued notice to chief secretary, finance secretary and others, asking them to appear before it and submit their respective replies on a contempt application against non-payment of salaries to thousands of Christian employees of the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation and six district municipal corporations ahead of Christmas.

A division bench of SHC headed by Justice Hassan Azhar Rizvi was hearing the contempt application, filed by president of Sajjan Union Zulfiqar Shah who cited Chief Secretary, Local Government Secretary, the finance secretary and municipal commissioners of the DMCs of South, West, Central, East and Korangi as contemnors.

The applicant, represented by Advocates Nadeem Shaikh, asked the court to initiate contempt of court proceedings against the contemnors as they failed to release salaries of the Christian employees before Dec 20 in clear violation of the court’s order of Nov 26.

The bench after hearing initial arguments on application issued notice to alleged contemnors and Administrator KMC. The court adjourned the hearing of the case till Tuesday.

Applicant told the bench that deputy finance secretary, Shakeel Ahmed, had submitted before the court that there was likelihood that next Octroi and Zila Tax would be released to all DMCs by 12 December, out of which they would pay salaries to Christian employees.

They said that thousands of Christian employees were not paid advance salaries before their religious festival. The counsel said that due to negligence on the part of the government, the employees were facing hardships and were unable to bear their monthly expenses. He asked the court to take notice of the state of affairs and direct the government to ensure the payment of salaries and pensions within stipulated time.