Islamabad - The Human Right Cell of Supreme Court of Pakistan disposed of 15,740 cases of different nature in the last six months.

There were 10,750 cases pending in HR Cell till December 01, 2015, while 14,893 new cases were instituted between 01-12-15 to 31-05-2016 making the total pending applications 25,343. Out the total the HR Cell, which work under the direct supervision of chief justice, disposed of 15,740 applications. Thus the backlog on May 31, 2016 is 9,903 applications.

Overall relief was provided 62% of the applications and frivolous applications have been discouraged. These applications included overseas Pakistanis’ complaints regarding delay in issuance of CNOP machine readable passports, illegal dispossession of properties, usurpation of inherited properties, lack of qualified professional legal advice, fraud, etc.

The action was also taken on individual complaints regarding public issues like flaws in public healthcare system, cases from police despotism, administrative anomalies, tyrannies by powerful class, threats to minorities and their place of worship, cases of Karo Kari and Wani, matters of non-payment of pension of retired employees as well as the delayed payment of salaries to low government employees.

The Chief Justice of Pakistan directed DG Human Right to ensure proper and timely compliance of the court directions by the public functionaries. Despite specific directions by the Court (in Human Rights Case No.05/2009 to ensure timely process of pension cases) there still are frequent complaints of delay in release of pension.  He also directed the DG HR Cell to put up a draft proposal/mechanism to check slackness by departments in such matters.