PM announces Rs2.5m compensation for each PIA employee killed during protests

Published: February 13, 2016
PIA employees shout slogans as police use a water cannon on them during a protest near the Karachi airport on February 2, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

PIA employees shout slogans as police use a water cannon on them during a protest near the Karachi airport on February 2, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday announced the compensation of Rs2.5million for each of the two Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) employees killed during the protest against the privatisation of national flag carrier.

Two PIA employees were killed when unidentified people opened fire during the protest on February 2 outside Jinnah International Airport, Karachi. Several people were also injured during the clashed between protesting employees and law enforcement agencies.

An FIR was subsequently registered nominating several federal government officials including Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid on the complaint of PIA Joint Action Committee.

Two killed, several injured as security forces open fire on protesting PIA workers

The premier also announced compensation of half a million rupees for each of the injured in the incident and jobs for the family members of the deceased.

Assuring the bereaved families that the government would pursue investigation to nab the real culprits behind the killings, the prime minister said the death of PIA employees were not a loss for the family and friends only but also the national carrier

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Earlier on February 9, the joint action committee called off the eight-day strike, saying its members were resuming flight operations after being given assurances on the issue of privatisation.

In the aftermath of the protest, a chain of events saw PIA Chairman Nasser Jaffer resigning from his post, taking full responsibility for the brute use of force against the protesters in Karachi.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • Brainy Bhaijan
    Feb 13, 2016 - 9:15PM

    A successful privatization of this dead elephant would possibly be the biggest endeavor any ruler has taken since 1947.
    Only privatization can save this country from a total collapse. Recommend

  • Shuaib
    Feb 14, 2016 - 3:51AM

    To every who says NS rules like a king or dictator, take a good look at this and look at what Assad did to protesters.Recommend

  • Hameed
    Feb 14, 2016 - 4:26AM

    What about death sentence for the cold blooded murderers?

    Justice has not been served.Recommend

  • Feb 14, 2016 - 6:18AM

    Its good thing as it could help them financially but loss is indeed irrecoverable ! But privatization should go on.Recommend

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