Signalling an end to his confrontation with the judiciary, Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has given judges a 25 per cent hike in salaries effective July 1.
The hike order, issued on Friday, comes on the heels of his statement a day earlier that he wanted a "harmonious" relationship with the judiciary.
The country's chief justice, Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry, whom he had suspended on March 9 triggering a nationwide protest, will now get Rs 133,250 per month.
The Supreme Court reinstated Chaudhry on July 20 after passing severe strictures against the government.
The salary of other Supreme Court judges has been pegged at Rs 125,875 per month.
The high court judges have benefited equally. The salary of the chief justice of a high court is now Rs 123,500 and high court judges will get Rs 118,750 per month.
Last year, judges of the superior courts got a 15 per cent raise, Dawn said on Saturday.
In 2005, the salary of the Chief Justice of Pakistan had been fixed at Rs 92,700 per month and of judges of the Supreme Court at Rs 87,600. The chief justice of a high court was entitled to Rs 85,900 and other judges got Rs 82,600 per month.
Apart from salary, a judge of the Supreme Court is entitled to free residence, utility bills, an officially maintained car, a cook, a driver and a guard at his residence.
One of the charges levelled against Chaudhry was demanding a Mercedes Benz car, beyond entitlement, and putting pressures on Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz.
Commenting on the raise, Supreme Court Bar Association President Munir A Malik said it was "not a favour".
Ostensibly referring to the agitation in which he fully supported Chaudhry, Malik said that the government would "fail to influence the judiciary by increasing salaries of the judges". "We have a new Supreme Court now," he said.