KARACHI: Arjumand Hussain, the man who filmed the video of angry airline passengers forcing two lawmakers off a Pakistan International Airlines flight, was terminated from his job, Express News reported.
On September 16, irate passengers protested against VIP culture aboard PK-370 and forced Senator Rehman Malik and PML-N MPA Ramesh Kumar off the aircraft for allegedly delaying the flight.
It was reported that Hussain, who was the general manager of multinational courier and logistics company Gerry’s Group, was sacked due to his involvement in PK-370 protest.
However, the company issued a statement early Tuesday where they confirmed that Hussain had been sacked, but clarified that he was terminated on merit and not for his involvement in the PK-370 incident.
A message, posted on their official Facebook page said the decision to dismiss Hussain was “purely based on merit” and that the company had been considering the decision lately.
Narrating his side of the story to Express News, Hussain said he has no answer as to why he was sacked and that he has no regrets.
“I went to work yesterday and was told that the company doesn’t need my services anymore, I returned home quietly and I have no grievances,” he said.
“I only stood for our rights as Pakistanis and as plane passengers,” he said, sticking firmly to his stance that protesting against wrongdoings is his democratic right and he will continue to do so.
Dismissing claims that he was abusive during the protest, Hussain said the video speaks for itself. “Other passengers were angrier than me but my language was not out of line at all; I was assertive not arrogant,” he stressed.
“We were just protesting against our system,” he added.
On lawmakers’ denial that they were the reason behind the flight delay, Hussain said he was no judge to issue any verdict but it can be clearly seen in the videos that Malik and Kumar were the only two passengers who came last.