In the present budget, the government has decided to increase the pension of the majority of retirees, including those retired after 1997, by 15 percent as against a 20 percent pay increase for the serving personnel. This will be a very cruel act because the retired persons are, after all, the weaker segment of the society and they deserve at least the same treatment as their younger counterparts. The government is requested to give a 20 percent pension increase to those having retired after 1997. -MUHAMMAD AZAM, Muzaffargarh, via e-mail, June 5.