A former decorated soldier who fought on the behalf of Pakistan in two wars has now initiated the third battle for an increase in pension. Sepoy Yasin Dasondi Khan has approached the court seeking increase in his small pension and free medical facility in military hospitals.
The case has been admitted and scheduled for hearing, issuing notices to all the concerned respondents including the defence ministry. Sepoy Yasin, in his petition, told the court that he was inducted in Punjab military regiment in 1964, December 4th. During the 1965 war between India and Pakistan, he was deployed in Chamb and protected the country, vigilantly performing his duties.
He was awarded a medal for his bravery and gallantry after the war. Four years later, Yasin was moved in the reserves and paid a pension of Rs 14. He was again called during the 1971 war and performed his duties in Rangpur. He was then captured by Indian forces and remained in an Indian prison for three years. He was later released on April 2nd, 1974 and was awarded another medal for his services.
However, one year after it on July 12, 1975, he was once again sent to the reserves after a forced retirement. In 1981, he was again called to the frontlines and on December 4th 1982, again sent to the reserves.
Inamur Rahim, his council, said that Yasin has served in the forces cumulatively for 10 years 7 months and 8 days. But for his entire service, he has only been paid Rs 1375 as pension, that too without any medical facilities. The complainant was 72 years old and Rahim contended that government fixed his pension at least Rs 10,000 in 2018 but the decision was not implemented. LHC – Rawalpindi bench’s Justice Miraz Waqas Rauf took notice of the case and has admitted it for hearing.
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