LAHORE - The federal government has paid last seven months salaries to deposed judges of the Lahore High Court. All the judges have accepted their salaries that were issued from the discretionary fund of the prime minister, the sources further said. Justice MA Shahid Siddqiui initially refused to take salary but later accepted on the intervention of one of his senior colleague. Justice Siddqiui had already expressed his mind at the time of giving salaries to SHC that he would not accept salary from the PM's discretionary fund. When contacted Justice Khawaja Muhammad Sharif confirmed that salaries had been released and they had received the cheques. However, he sidestepped the question that whether prime minister or law department issued these cheques, saying this is an unnecessary thing to discuss. Justice MA Shahid Siddiqui, who also declined taking oath under the PCO, said yes, all 10 deposed judges of the LHC had received the cheques. These judges have been given salaries till May 31. When asked that LHC judges were initially reluctant to receive salaries from the PM's discretionary fund, Siddiqui said the salaries had not been released from the PM's discretionary fund rather these had been issued from another PM fund that is used to make adjustment in the salaries. The judges who have been paid salaries include Justice Khawaja Muhammad Sharif, Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa, Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, Justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry, Justice MA Shahid Siddiqui, Justice Sair Ali, Justice Arshad Jhangir, Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed, Justice Iqbal Hameed-ur-Rehman and Justice Umar Ata Bandial. It is pertinent to mention here that 15 deposed judges of the Sindh High Court had also been given their eight months salaries last week. The salaries were issued from the PM's discretionary fund. The lawyers had also lambasted government for paying judges' salaries from the PM's discretionary fund terming it unacceptable. Secretary Lahore High Court Bar Association, Rana Asadullah Khan said the 'deposed' judges should not accept this offer as it was not their entitled salary but only some kind of alms. He said the judges should be paid their rightful salaries as they were still judges of superior courts. Commenting on the issue, media advisor Supreme Court Bar Association, Azhar Siddiqui said that the government was paying the salaries to the 'deposed' judges under Malik Qayyum's formula. He said it was Malik Qayyum who advised law minister Farooq H Naek that if the government paid salaries to deposed judges in a prescribed way that would amount to their reinstatement. He said releasing the salaries from PM's discretionary fund amounted to dishonouring the 'deposed' judges. If the government wants to bring the judges back, they should be paid from the relevant account of government. He said such shameful mode of payment would not be accepted by the legal fraternity. Amir Riaz