ISLAMABAD The Supreme Court on Thursday directed the Auditor General of Pakistan to formally issue a notification regarding the payment of pension and all other arrears to former Chief Justice of Supreme Court Justice (Retd) Sajjad Ali Shah. A five-member bench headed by Justice Nasirul Mulk issued the directive while hearing the case regarding pension and other incentives of Justice (Retd) Sajjad Ali Shah. Other members of the bench included Justice Raja Fayyaz Ahmed, Justice Jawad S. Khawaja, Justice Rehmat Hussain Jafri and Justice Tariq Parvez. Justice (Retd) Sajjad Ali had to leave the apex court in 1997 after a 10-member bench headed by former Chief Justice Saeeduzzaman Siddiqui ordered cancellation of his notification as Chief Justice and nominated Justice Ajmal Mian as the Chief Justice. Justice Sajjad Ali was on the bench when supporters of then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif stormed into the Supreme Court building in November 1997, disrupting the contempt of court proceedings against Sharif. This was the same period when the Supreme Court was split into two and separate cause lists were issued, one by Justice Sajjad Ali Shah and the other by Justice Saeeduzzaman Siddiqui. Justice Sajjad Ali, represented by senior counsel Akram Sheikh, contended that he had discharged his functions as Chief Justice for three-and-a-half years as a matter of right and his appointment was without any flaw. Justice (retd) Sajjad had filed a petition stating that he was not being given pension and other incentives as per the procedure. He contended that he had discharged his services as Chief Justice for three-and-a-half years and his appointment was on merit. Deputy Attorney General Tariq Mehmood Agha told the court that Justice Sajjad is liable for pension and incentives and he would be accommodated accordingly. The court rejected the new definition relating the judges presented by the Law Ministry regarding 18th Amendment, saying, 'The case of the former CJ Sajjad Ali Shah is of 2002.