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CJP Questions Wasteful Use of Public Resources on Government Officers’ Residences

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LAHORE: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Qazi Faez Isa has taken a firm stance against the unnecessary use of public resources and the establishment of illegal guard rooms in government officers’ residences in Lahore.

In a letter addressed to the Punjab chief secretary, the CJP seeks an explanation for the questionable expenditure and unauthorized alterations made to these residences.

Expressing his concern over the matter, the registrar of the Supreme Court highlighted that during a recent visit to Lahore, CJP Isa observed irregularities in the government officers’ residences, particularly the installation of illegal guard rooms in the open green areas.

Despite the presence of a comprehensive security system at the entrance, unauthorized changes were being made to the premises. The CJP emphasized that security personnel should be stationed within the designated premises, rather than constructing illegal structures.

Questioning the justification behind such expenditures, CJP Isa called for an explanation regarding the abandonment of past practices, such as fencing, which may have been more cost-effective.

He instructed the authorities to provide clear rules and regulations regarding the construction and management of government residences.

This is not the first instance where CJP Isa has advocated for austerity measures in government expenditures.

In December 2023, he ordered the auction of two luxury vehicles allocated for his use by the federal and Punjab governments, deeming it an inappropriate use of scarce public resources.

In a letter sent to the federal government cabinet secretary and Punjab chief secretary, it was revealed that the apex court had purchased a new Mercedes Benz and a bullet-proof Toyota Land Cruiser for the CJP’s use.

However, Justice Isa refrained from utilizing these vehicles, citing concerns over wasteful spending on imported luxury vehicles for constitutional and public office holders.

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