ISLAMABAD –  The Human Rights Association of Pakistan on Wednesday submitted a writ petition in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) seeking the resolution of the problems faced by retired people in obtaining pension. Human Rights Association President M Kowkab Iqbal argued in the petition that the financial support to the needy was being provided under the Benazir Income Support Programme at their doorsteps, but the people who had served the country for a considerable period of their life had to stand in queues for long hours to receive their pension.
“They are old people and the government should not dishonour them by making them wait in long queues outside banks and other relevant places, which is a violation of Article 9 of the constitution,” she contended. Making the government of Pakistan a respondent, the petitioner asked the court to take notice of the issue. The court accepted the writ petition for a regular hearing to be held on the coming Friday.