Former high court judge's plea for pensionary benefits dismissed.

KARACHI -- The Sindh High Court on Monday dismissed petition of its former judge seeking pensionary benefits.

Qazi Khalid Ali had petitioned submitting in court that he had served on various official positions for around 20 years from March 2003 to April 2022 in various capacities such as an additional advocate general, a judge of SHC from November 2007 till August 2009, a professor of law at the Sindh Muslim Government Law College, Karachi, and Dean faculty of law at Karachi University.

The petitioner further maintained that he was also the founding vice chancellor of the Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto University of Law, Karachi, and lastly served as chairman of the Federal Service Tribunal from 2019 to 2022 and thus he was entitled to pension and pensionary benefits under President's Order No.3 of 1997 read with Regulation No.371-A of the Civil Service Regulations.

Representing the petitioner, senior lawyer Anwar Mansoor Khan argued that although his client's appointment as a judge of high court was declared invalid and void under a Supreme Court judgement in August 2009, the judgments/orders, decrees passed by him were protected on the principle laid down in the case reported as PLD 1998 SC 161.

A two-judge bench headed by Justice Mohammad Iqbal Kalhoro observed that as per lawyer for the petitioner, he held numerous official...

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