Protesting PIA workers will lose job or face jail, warns PM

Published: February 2, 2016
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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif warned on Tuesday that employees of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) will lose their jobs or may face up to one year imprisonment if they fail to show up at work with immediate effect.

At the same time he said the workers who are performing their duties and are not part of the protests will be rewarded by the government.

The announcement came amid the recent protests held by some staff members against the privatisation of the national flag carrier.

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On Tuesday, the protest took a violent turn in Karachi where security forces used water cannons and teargas to keep the protesting PIA employees from approaching the Jinnah International Airport before shots were fired.

According to a hospital official, two protesters died and eight others sustained injured due to clashes between protesters and law enforcing agencies (LEAs).

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Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the Interior Ministry has disapproved criticism against LEAs.

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He said LEAs personnel put their own lives at risk for the protection and safety of the citizens, adding that issuing political statements against them without having any proof is not appropriate.

However, Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar expressed sympathies towards employees’ families who lost their lives or were injured in Karachi during the protest.

Meanwhile, former president Asif Ali Zardari strongly condemned the incident, demanding investigation of the tragedy. He also called for a judicial probe into the firing incident.

Reader Comments (12)

  • Punjabi
    Feb 2, 2016 - 8:29PM

    Lets mete out treatment worthy of these corrupt and incompetent hirings. Recommend

  • Hameed
    Feb 2, 2016 - 8:42PM

    Protests is a right in democracy. What kind of dictatorship is this where protests are banned but not killing innocent people with bullets?Recommend

  • pervaiz
    Feb 2, 2016 - 9:23PM

    good PM Sb. crush all enemiesRecommend

  • Burhan Khan
    Feb 2, 2016 - 9:51PM

    Sarcasm:
    The two workers who died today will not be able to show up for work tomorrow and may face jail posthumously.

    The PM is offering the same raw deal to PIA workers that he got from Musharraf so many years ago.Recommend

  • Dilawar
    Feb 2, 2016 - 9:58PM

    Finally, Imran Khan has got an issue to do politics on.
    PIA is in trouble due to these corrupt and irresponsible employees.
    PIA should be privatised at every cost.Recommend

  • Saima Hassan
    Feb 2, 2016 - 10:02PM

    Protesting PIA workers are backed by opposition parties. PIA is incurring loss of PKR 100 million on daily basis. This loss is being born by tax payers of Pakistan. It is better to privatize PIA.Recommend

  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Feb 2, 2016 - 10:29PM

    I hope that the government wouldn’t back down and will continue to use the dirty end of the stick at all cost. Fire all these politically motivated freeloaders and deadbeats immediately.Recommend

  • Abbas Qureshi
    Feb 2, 2016 - 10:49PM

    These protestors just want to enjoy their slacking nepotism-powered jobs. If they were really honest about their jobs, they wouldn’t worry about whether PIA gets privatised or not.

    The only issue is they have 3x the employees than needed and most of them do nothing. Hard to give up such comfortable jobs while the tax payer pays billions every year to keep the dying airline alive.

    Private PIA asap.Recommend

  • Freed
    Feb 2, 2016 - 11:54PM

    Model town killers will get promotionsRecommend

  • Jibran
    Feb 3, 2016 - 12:20AM

    Mushahidullah’s brothers will be further rewarded.Recommend

  • Feb 3, 2016 - 5:22AM

    Well said !Recommend

  • Truth
    Feb 3, 2016 - 10:40AM

    @Abbas Qureshi:

    Who recruited these 3x employees?
    It is politic. First they hire for the sack of their politic Now they are trying to sack them again for the politic.Recommend

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