On Oct 30, 2014, the Informa­tion Minister informed the Senate that the Chief Justice of Pakistan was drawing a monthly salary of Rs 591,651.

The other judges of the Supreme Court were getting Rs 558,907 a month.

All the judges of the court were also getting a judicial allowance of Rs 259,009, details of which were not explained.

The minister said the judges were given official residences maintained by the Government, complete with provision of electricity, gas and water, and free medical facility for them and their families.

Interestingly, they also get Rs 68,000 as house rent and medical allowance of 15 per cent of their salaries as on June 6, 2011, when they used to get a salary of Rs 368,186 per month. This fact absolutely no sense as they are being provided free accommodation by the Government and free medical facilities.

They get two chauffeur-driven cars, one each at their principal seats and the provincial headquarters, along with 600 litres of petrol each month.

While on tour on official business, they are entitled to Rs 5,000 per diem as travelling and daily allowance.

These hefty perks are being given to judges who work from 9.30 am to 11 am; and then from supposedly 11.30 am to 1 pm. They seldom come on-time after the tea break at 11 am.

They only work only five times a week and most travel to their home towns over the weekend.

No wonder our judiciary is seldom heard of anywhere in the world and is hardly respected anywhere.