Justice Khawaja turns down special perks as new CJP

Published: August 17, 2015
Justice Jawwad S Khawaja. PHOTO: PID

Justice Jawwad S Khawaja. PHOTO: PID

ISLAMABAD: Newly-appointed Chief Justice Jawwad S Khawaja refused on Monday to avail special perks, privileges and protocol that come with the job after taking charge as head of the superior judiciary for 24 days.

Sources revealed to The Express Tribune that the newly appointed CJ did not take the Mercedes car offered to him, neither did he avail the security protocol.

Likewise, he has also opted out of moving to the official residence of Chief Justice of Pakistan.

Read: Justice Khawaja takes oath as Chief Justice

Sources added that Chief Justice Khawaja had also decided not to sit in the CJP’s chamber and would continue his professional work in his old chamber.

The CJP has also refused to accept an official plot allotted to him, sources added.

It is to be noted that during the era of Pervez Musharraf, two plots were given to judges and top bureaucrats. However, later, the Public Accounts Committee recommended the prime minister to abolish two plots policy, which was approved.

Currently one plot is given to every Supreme Court judge, but Justice Khawaja has refused to accept it.

Meanwhile, it was also learnt that during the oath taking ceremony, Justice Khawaja did not wear the traditional dress as he took oath.

Similarly, he invited his lower category employees to join the oath-taking ceremony as they were present in the president house.

Justice Khawaja is said to be against VIP culture, therefore, he moves freely on capital roads without protocol.

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Reader Comments (16)

  • Muz
    Aug 17, 2015 - 7:48PM

    WoW! One of the few reasons to stay back in Pakistan!Recommend

  • Karachiite
    Aug 17, 2015 - 10:18PM

    May Allah bless this man with a long and healthy life, ameen.Recommend

  • nk
    Aug 17, 2015 - 10:21PM

    WOW someone in Pakistan thats not a hypocrite! most of our leaders talk about abolishing status quo and trying to help the common man but then roam around with an army of a few dozen security protocol officers and have zero contact with the common man to understand their problems.

  • iltaf
    Aug 17, 2015 - 10:32PM


  • waqas
    Aug 17, 2015 - 11:51PM

    but i think he should take protocol. It is main requirement for its own safetyRecommend

  • Parvez
    Aug 17, 2015 - 11:53PM

    When senior government officials who get a substantial pay, retirement benefits, perks and privileges are also handed out prize plots…….is this not tantamount to institutional corruption.
    Especially as these same officials fill their pockets while in office and do very little in the interest of te people and the country. Recommend

  • kamran
    Aug 18, 2015 - 12:21AM

    Sir perhaps you should accept the allotments and sell them and distribute among poor. And how about sending your mercedes to pickup sanitary workers of Supreme court, or court clerks or gate keepers? Those are the real people who deserve these lavish perks. Let this country see the sight of VVIP protocol and full motorcade for the oldest employee of Supreme Court. Someone plsssssssssss forward my suggestion to him.Recommend

  • Chaigram
    Aug 18, 2015 - 12:41AM

    The nation should learn lesson from this gentle soul, especially Mr Choudhry the ex Chief Justice…….Recommend

  • Arshad Kamal Khan
    Aug 18, 2015 - 12:51AM

    At last comes a man, who values dignity, honesty above all the disgusting perks.
    These perks are bribery in disguise. From now on nobody, in Pakistan should be ever given these bribes. Whoever accepts these perks is corrupt. Recommend

  • Mohammed
    Aug 18, 2015 - 1:16AM

    As most of our judges seemed to be owned by the Sharifs, forgive me for not getting excited about the current CJ.Recommend

  • Tayub
    Aug 18, 2015 - 1:36AM

    It’s because he’s Chief Justice for less than a month.Recommend

  • just_someone
    Aug 18, 2015 - 5:17AM

    Sad that the man who has principles and honor will only serve the CJP post for only 23 days.
    Someone like him should be given the helm for 3-5 years to bring about a slow but sure cultural change in the attitude of judges.Recommend

  • Jalal
    Aug 18, 2015 - 6:33AM

    Mark my words, another dram queen. People are fooled too easily.Recommend

  • Aug 18, 2015 - 9:38AM

    Viva! Bravo! Mubarak ho Chief Justice Sahib! You are a man, not of value but SUBSTANCE. Although in for only twenty-three days, the Chief Justice has shown his calibre and quality. Salams
    Quote: “He is an intelligent person who can translate his actions into good.” Hazrat Umar Farooq (RA)Recommend

  • DR Arshad Khan
    Aug 18, 2015 - 6:05PM

    Now we know why there are no judgments against the Nawaz family and PML-N. By accepting a Mercedes car, a plot of land and other perks for life, who would pass a judgement against the rulers? These perks disarm even the strong believers in justice. From now on we would be watching who among the CJ’s do take these perks. Recommend

  • Lion King
    Aug 19, 2015 - 6:13PM



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