KARACHI: A lawyer has taken public transporters to court for announcing strikes every time the government increases petrol prices.
Farah Awan advocate asked the court to restrain the Karachi Transport Ittehad (KTI) from going on an indefinite strike today. She accused the transporters of using the strike call to pressure the government into letting them increase fares. Her lawyer Javaid Chattari said that any call for a strike is made as a last resort. The KTI should first approach the authorities to seek a revision in fares and then go on strike after due process of law. Awan asked the court to pass an order restraining the KTI from going on strike.
Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Imam Bux Baloch put transporters, government representatives and the Sindh advocate-general on notice for Friday.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 3rd, 2011.