Monetary compensation to 80 families of martyred cops pending due to lack of the funds, SHC told

KARACHI: Sindh High Court (SHC) on Monday was informed that around 80 families of slain cops have not been paid monetary compensation due to lack of the funds.

Ali Sher Jakhrani. AIG Legal submitted a report on behalf of provincial police chief to the division bench headed by Chief Justice Maqbool Baqar. The bench was seized with the hearing of petition seeking payment of monetary compensation to the legal heirs of slain cops.

Report said that around 81 cases were pending in the welfare branch of Shaheed Compensation for want of funds.

It said that in financial year 2008-09 an amount of Rs 28, 500, 000 was paid to legal heirs of 73 slain cops. In year 2009-2010 an amount of Rs29400,000 was paid to the legal heirs of 38 slain cops. During year 2011-2012 an amount of Rs191,400,000 was paid to legal heirs of 99 slain cops.

The report said during year 2012-2103 an amount of Rs 105, 200, 000 was paid to the legal heirs of 56 slain cops and during 2013-14 an amount of Rs496, 800,000 was paid to the legal heirs of 250 slain cops.

Report said that from January 2014, 56 cops have been killed by criminals in Karachi. Approximately 18 to 20 police cops are embracing Shahadat every month.

“For the fourth coming three months – April May and June, an amount of Rs120,000,000 was required for 60 expected slain police personnel to meet the expenditure of financial year,” report added.

The SHC Chief Justice had taken notice on a letter addressed by a civil rights campaigner, advocate Nadeem Ahmed Sheikh seeking monetary compensation to the legal heirs of police officials and officers killed in the city.

Advocate Nadeem Ahmed Sheikh, president of Justice Help Line submitted in application that lives of police personnel were at risk as they were being targeted in reaction to ongoing targeted operations in the city.

He said provincial government had announced RS2million compensation to families of those police personnel who were killed in line of their duties but they were being denied compensation.

He requested the court to issue directives to provincial authorities for payment compensation to victim families.

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