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Only 45 women among 687 staff members at SC


Out of the 687 total staff members, a mere 45 are women in the Supreme Court, according to details shared.
Furthermore, only two individuals with disabilities are employed by the apex court.

The information, made public following a judicial order directing Supreme Court Registrar Jazeela Aslam to provide details of its staff, came in response to a petitioner who had requested it on April 10, 2019, invoking the Right of Access to Information Act 2017 and Article 19-A of Constitution.

A three-judge bench of the apex court led by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Qazi Faez Isa on October 15 ordered its registrar to release information about the court staff under the Right of Access to Information (RTI) Act, 2017 to a citizen Mukhtar Ahmed Ali.

According to the details, the Supreme Court currently has a total of 894 sanctioned positions. However, 207 of these positions remain vacant and 687 employees were actively working as of September 25.

Among these employees, 146 are not permanent but are being employed on a daily wage basis to cover different positions. Since January 2017, 84 new positions have been created.

Meanwhile, out of the total number of females working in the apex court, which is 45, 33 hold regular positions while 12 are contingent employees.

There are only two individuals with disabilities employed in both BS-12 and BS-4. Additionally, there are only two transgender individuals employed in BS-2.

At present, there is a grade 22 officer serving as the Director General of the Monitoring Cell. Furthermore, there are two additional registrars working.

However, the position of the DG Human Rights cell remains unoccupied.

139 naib qasids and 79 drivers are currently employed in the SC, out of a total of 149 sanctioned positions. Additionally, out of the 40 available positions, 37 individuals are currently serving as qasids.

Interestingly, the total number of SC judges is 17, out of which 15 are currently serving.