Want a pay rise? Offer prayers regularly!

Published: February 26, 2017
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MUZAFFARABAD: The new chief justice of the Azad Jammu and Kashmir Supreme Court (AJKSC) announced on Saturday that officers of the court should offer their prayers punctually, while he himself would be leading some prayers.

He said this after taking oath as the 12th chief justice of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Supreme Court.

Azad Jammu and Kashmir President Sardar Masood Khan administered the oath of office to Chief Justice Ibrahim Zia in the President’s Secretariat. AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider was also present at the ceremony.

After taking oath, Chief Justice Zia administered oath to officers working in the Supreme Court, a first in the history of the Azad Jammu and Kashmir Supreme Court.

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The chief justice directed court employees to work with dedication, honesty and regularity to ensure speedy justice to the public.

He also directed them to ensure punctuality in the court and in their prayer timings.

Declaring that offering prayers was now mandatory for all employees of the AJKSC, he said that annual raises of court employees would now hinge on their offering prayers regularly and on the prescribed times. To make sure employees offer their prayers regularly, Justice Zia said they would be secretly checked by the court.

Moreover, in what he described as move to motivate the staff to offer their prayers, Justice Zia said that he would lead prayers. In this regard, communal prayers would be offered in two groups. One would be led by the chief justice while the other would be led by the AJKSC’s regular prayer leader.

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The AJK government had appointed Justice Zia as the new chief justice of the valley on February 20, following the retirement of Justice Azam Khan.

Justice Zia is expected to serve as the chief justice for three years till 2020, when he retires.

Zia completed his LLB from the law college of University of Punjab in 1979 and started his law practice in Muzaffarabad in 1980.

He enrolled as an advocate of the high court in 1982 and as an advocate of the AJK Supreme Court on May 31, 1984.

He went on to serve as a member of the district bar council as well. Later, Justice Zia also served as the president and secretary general of the Central Bar Association in Muzaffarabad. He was also elected as the president of AJK’s Supreme Court Bar Association.

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Apart from serving on different bar councils, Zia has also served as the chief prosecutor of the AJK Accountability Bureau in 2000 and was appointed as the Advocate General in 2009. He served in that position till April 2010.

Justice Zia was later appointed as an ad hoc Judge of the AJK Supreme Court in 2010 and was elevated as a permanent judge of the apex court on December 16, 2011.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 26th, 2017.

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Reader Comments (38)

  • Adnan Siddiqui
    Feb 26, 2017 - 9:07AM

    That is there is left to do.
    Pray that a miracle can save Pakistan !Recommend

  • Mama
    Feb 26, 2017 - 9:32AM

    You are kidding…right? Recommend

  • Kashif
    Feb 26, 2017 - 9:35AM

    Pakistan can’t afford another Zia-ul-Haq!!Recommend

  • Nasir Hussain
    Feb 26, 2017 - 9:48AM

    Its very good work, after all our success is linked with our relation with Allah. I salute to this man, others should also follow him. But another thing is that he should put great stress on give justice to the common man, this is also big ibadatRecommend

  • Asif
    Feb 26, 2017 - 9:53AM

    So now people going to pray so that he could give them raise than for any other reason … hmmmmm motivation!Recommend

  • Giri
    Feb 26, 2017 - 9:59AM

    Shame on him. And he is judge? Radicalism is every where in Pakistan.Recommend

  • dr. sohaib
    Feb 26, 2017 - 10:01AM

    Superb. Best news of today’s paper.Recommend

  • BrainBro
    Feb 26, 2017 - 10:03AM

    Great. Islamizing an already over-Islamized country. Recommend

  • Numi
    Feb 26, 2017 - 10:08AM

    It is a good and encouraging move. Recommend

  • kemosabe
    Feb 26, 2017 - 11:02AM

    Of course this is a scientifically proven fact where such strictly adhered to piety leads to increased competency and a justification for a pay rise and even promotion. Recommend

  • Umar
    Feb 26, 2017 - 11:03AM

    You have linked prayers to monetary benefit. This is what’s wrong with us.Recommend

  • Mamu
    Feb 26, 2017 - 11:10AM

    A positive move. But the people should realize themselves that prayer is for their own good and not to get more money. Recommend

  • Rehman
    Feb 26, 2017 - 11:13AM

    Prayer is a very important part of life. Nothing can be more rewarding than to offer it. Recommend

  • Shabbir Sharif
    Feb 26, 2017 - 11:18AM

    This is a visionary decision. Moral values and ethics are found lacking these days. By incentivising prayer the moral values can be built in the nation. Way a positive step.Recommend

  • Sohaib
    Feb 26, 2017 - 11:20AM

    MashaAllah a commendable step indeed. May Allah SWT give him istiqamat.Recommend

  • Maarige Munir Awan
    Feb 26, 2017 - 11:29AM

    Good move. …every official on such high post must be capable enough to lead the prayers. …and every one should follow the exampleRecommend

  • javed ali
    Feb 26, 2017 - 12:04PM

    Pay raise should be based on your performance at work and not your personal life. Who made him the chief justice?Recommend

  • Ahmad
    Feb 26, 2017 - 12:07PM

    Islam is way if life, prayers make u punctual and move towards honesty. Inshallah it Wil add a good effect in court proceedings Recommend

  • Lumdheeng
    Feb 26, 2017 - 12:16PM

    People get pay raise by hard work, sincerity, regularity, devotion, perseverance related to the job, not by offering prayersRecommend

  • wiserneighbour
    Feb 26, 2017 - 12:27PM

    why Religion is not a personal choice? why others should thrust certain things on you? shame on these fanatics.Recommend

  • Tepu
    Feb 26, 2017 - 12:27PM

    This should be the stance of all leaders in a Islamic Republic.
    News title could be much better.Recommend

  • DP
    Feb 26, 2017 - 12:30PM

    So now, Pakistan is rapidly turning into Saudi Arabia while Saudi Arabia wants to progressively westernise.Recommend

  • MS
    Feb 26, 2017 - 1:33PM

    If this is not Shirk then what else is? God Almighty has not imposed any condition to get necessaties of life but gods of earth find ways to rule in his name.Recommend

  • Null
    Feb 26, 2017 - 1:51PM

    The man’s an idiot. Recommend

  • Parvez
    Feb 26, 2017 - 2:31PM

    Our judiciary is making a laughing stock of itself…….will the good judge also have the courage to check if those who are being observed are good Muslims as well ?Recommend

  • ZAHEER
    Feb 26, 2017 - 2:52PM

    The pay rise is a matter of skill, dedication, honesty, competency and qualification not in offering rituals. In this way clerics will be the only beneficiary or otherwise a wave of hypocrites will flourish. It seems after thirty years we are going back into Zia’s regime. Recommend

  • Raj
    Feb 26, 2017 - 3:08PM

    How stupid this guy is and how he has been appointed as Chief Justice. Religion is a personal matter between any individual and the god. Why is he forcing all employees to offer prayers? In case there are non-muslims and atheists, then what happens? Don’t they have choice? Forcing religion on individuals but claimins that, west is having islamophobia. WHat else the west will have?Recommend

  • kilo
    Feb 26, 2017 - 3:17PM

    I can only pray Allah, the Almighty to have mercy on the officers of AJKSC. It is good to note though, CJ is not going to defer “Jaza and Saza” till the day of Judgment.Recommend

  • Sabi
    Feb 26, 2017 - 3:26PM

    Another Zia ul Haq. He can not force anyone to offer prayers.He is not authorized even. Recommend

  • Emad
    Feb 26, 2017 - 4:29PM

    He is not mentally capable of doing his job as Chief Justice. Forced retirement is necessary so that justice can be served to people.Recommend

  • Azhar
    Feb 26, 2017 - 4:42PM

    @javed ali: couldn’t agree more.Recommend

  • Azhar
    Feb 26, 2017 - 4:43PM

    @Lumdheeng: exactly. 100% true.Recommend

  • ishrat salim
    Feb 26, 2017 - 5:11PM

    This is good move. Both he & the ones who may have gone on astray will be rewarded by Allah swt. Recommend

  • Nauman
    Feb 26, 2017 - 5:16PM

    Stupid decision prayer and job is not related at all. Even inzimam ul haq made cricketers to pray dId anything happened? we must not mix religion with job and education.Recommend

  • Maheen Ayaz.
    Feb 26, 2017 - 5:33PM

    Great move .. Recommend

  • Mohammed
    Feb 26, 2017 - 7:28PM

    Good moveRecommend

  • Parvez
    Feb 27, 2017 - 12:19AM

    Praying is good…….but not lying or cheating or indulging in corruption or humiliating others or stealing from the state or indulging in nepotism or following the oath one takes before assuming high office or ensuring that justice is done and not just the letter of the law followed are some of the things that need to be done apart from just praying. Recommend

  • Haramullah Fattuddin
    Feb 27, 2017 - 7:28AM

    It shows what are the priorities for the society. But can’t welcome it.Recommend

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