SC directs OPF to compensate Kuwait war affectees

ISLAMABAD - Finally the unheard voices of thousands of Kuwait war affectees came into consideration, as the Supreme Court intervened in the complex and much neglected matter and directed the Overseas Pakistanis Foundation (OPF) to compensate all registered affectees as soon as possible. According to details, some 9,000 affectees, who were working in Kuwait before Gulf war and the US intervention in the region, are registered with OPF before the SC took suo moto action. A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry heard this case. The bench observed that no strict formula could be followed to set conditions for eligible affectees and those applicants would not be entertained who moved after the SC took suo moto action. The bench asked the OPF counsel to devise a strategy in this regard and submit a report in the SC today (Wednesday). The court also directed the concerned bank to present details of all assets of these affectees. The Chief Justice asked the OPF counsel to write letters to all the registered affectees and inform them for current development. The court exempted the affectees from presence in the court and said that further communication would be made via media. The hearing of the case was adjourned till today (Wednesday). OPF counsel, Advocate Ahsan, would submit a formula regarding distribution of money among the deserved affectees. It is relevant to mention here that Government could not succeed to settle this issue due to which angry affectees took to the streets and staged protests and arranged hunger strike camps in different venues of the Federal Capital. During protests, one of the affectees lost his life that provoked the SC to take suo moto action.

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