Man behind Rehman Malik flight expulsion sacked from job

Published: September 30, 2014
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PHOTO: ARJUMAND HUSSAIN FACEBOOK PROFILE

PHOTO: ARJUMAND HUSSAIN FACEBOOK PROFILE

PHOTO: ARJUMAND HUSSAIN FACEBOOK PROFILE Express News reported that the termination was linked to his actions on PK-370. PHOTO: AFP

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.

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Reader Comments (153)

  • yatin
    Sep 30, 2014 - 2:58AM

    His firing was quite the coincidence. Proving (again) that its only the good guys that lose :(

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  • FJ
    Sep 30, 2014 - 3:21AM

    Yup, the decision was definitely based on merit :)

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  • Jadugar
    Sep 30, 2014 - 3:33AM

    Gerry group should be investagated and the reason for firing Hussain should challanged in the court. This is the reason we need Naya Pakistan, where “chorse” “looters” and corrupt politician have no place to stay. And Gerry group should be boycotted

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  • aryan
    Sep 30, 2014 - 3:37AM

    No good deed goes unpunished.

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  • peace
    Sep 30, 2014 - 4:22AM

    Sack the person who sacked hussain and reinstate Hussain.
    Cheers

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  • Azi
    Sep 30, 2014 - 4:36AM

    Keep electing these politicians, PMNLs and PPP supporters. I hope one day its your job that gets lost because of them. Fake promising people of growth and equality while actually really just being tyrants. You people should be proud of yourself and your leaders.

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  • RealTruth
    Sep 30, 2014 - 4:36AM

    Good Riddance! There are legal ways to record your protest — and if someone wants to take law into their own hands, there should be zero tolerance for those anarchists!

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  • Naeem Khan
    Sep 30, 2014 - 4:41AM

    The best action is to boycott the FedEx-Gerry Group, if people will not get together and support to make changes in this VIP culture, this will go on for decades as it has in the past. Only one person had to stand up for justice and Hussain did, it was the right thing to do. I appeal to the young generation who are struggling to bring change for the betterment of Pakistan should speak up and urge the users of FedEx-Gerry Group to boycott the agency. If any one thinks that Hussain was fired from the job because of other reasons, they are either naïve or don’t want to see the justice meted out to Hussain , it is simple that powerful people like Rehman Malik and MPA Ramesh Kumar make this happen and they fail to realize that they are there to serve the people and are their servants instead of their masters. Please people, stand up for Hussain other wise evil will win again and again. More over if this Agency of FedEx will not rehire him with dignity then the some of brothers and sisters lawyers should sue them on Hussain’s behalf and make an example of them for others to see.

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  • Cynic
    Sep 30, 2014 - 6:09AM

    They did not fire him due to the flight incident…just like Nawaz Sharif did not lie on the floor of the Parliament, Rehman Malik did not cause the flight delay, just like Pigs fly and I am the new Queen of England…These double standards need to change. A common man has been punished for speaking up against these so called “VVIPs” yet again.

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  • Navaid
    Sep 30, 2014 - 7:31AM

    Good, I’m glad he got fired, he had no right to abuse a former Minister like that.

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Sep 30, 2014 - 7:54AM

    As the guy used force in a very sensitive place, sacking is not enough. He should be arrested and punished too.

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  • Igloo
    Sep 30, 2014 - 8:03AM

    @RealTruth: Legal ways of protesting? This was by far the most legal and effective way of protesting,at least in Pakistan. Oh and please use a dictionary and look up what anarchism means, just don’t throw around words like that when you have no idea what their meaning is.

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  • Roni
    Sep 30, 2014 - 8:04AM

    When police takes the law in their own hand how these people react? When common citizens take the law and plane in their control no International organization would employ such people at executive position.
    Now you can condemn the organization till the cows come home but they have every right to make a decision that suits their business model. We can crap over our govt as much as we want but private organizations are free to make their own decisions and high executives do not have the same rights as ordinary workers.
    This executive is not hurting for money and should stand up and find another job. He is now free to do whatever he likes.

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  • freed
    Sep 30, 2014 - 8:38AM

    Democracy is saved again for now. please don’t hurt VIPs feelings, it endangers democracy because its like very delicate bird that needs nurturing and lots of love, bundles of cash always helps.

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  • ashraf
    Sep 30, 2014 - 8:47AM

    It is our moral duty to boycott FedEx-Gerry Group, if we don’t unite today and support to make changes in this VIP culture, Companies like FedEx-Gerry so called multinational but they treat Pakistan nation as their slave with no self respect because their grow when we become only follower of status co system. Are we not able courier business by ourself we need company with such mind set to deliver our courier I appeal with every segment of people specially young generation go forward and lock down by force outlet of FedEx-Gerry to bring change for the betterment of Pakistan. We should speak up and urge the users of FedEx-Gerry Group to boycott the agency. Go FedEx-Gerry Group Go from pakistan. We salute Mr. Hussain and hate FedEx-Gerry Group management

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  • Naz
    Sep 30, 2014 - 9:03AM

    Good Riddance. Those breaking the law should be punished.

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  • MJ
    Sep 30, 2014 - 10:12AM

    @Naz:
    Naz , you are so so stupid

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  • Hassan
    Sep 30, 2014 - 10:37AM

    Gerry’s group is owned by Afzal Wali – an Ex Senator. Lots of Govt contracts, lots of levers government can pull to pressurize him.

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  • IR
    Sep 30, 2014 - 10:51AM

    Gerrys-FedEx PK are part of same VIP protocol culture. Once their owner reached Islamabad Airport after his meeting with some minister. The PIA flight was delayed. Am eye witness. The owner is part of the same bunch of so called VIPs who Rehman Malik and other Pakistani looters belong too. How can he tolerate his own employee raising voice against the VIP culture? Yes, boycott FedEx-Gerrys and track them in court of law.

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  • Lion King
    Sep 30, 2014 - 10:52AM

    Rehman Malik had appeared on the media with his typical loathsome smirk and blurted that he “forgives” the protesting passengers BUT it seems that his Wadera Corruption Party pressurized the company to sack Mr. Arjumand.
    BOYCOTT FEDEX GERRY GROUP.

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  • Paindoo
    Sep 30, 2014 - 11:08AM

    The only country on this planet where honest and good people are punished whereas crooks are above the law and can get away with literally anything. BOYCOTT FEDEX GERRY GROUP.

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  • Parvez
    Sep 30, 2014 - 11:09AM

    …….and Rehman Malik must be thrilled :-( This will go as another BLACK SPOT against the PPP-Z and the status quo. Let’s hope the media plays it’s part in shaming this reprehensible step taken by Mr. Hussain’sj employers , even if was under duress.

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  • Sammy
    Sep 30, 2014 - 11:10AM

    Atleast hes emerged as a hero

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  • Zaida P
    Sep 30, 2014 - 11:11AM

    Maybe he is not a good employee ! Just because he makes a video does not make him an efficient employee !!

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  • Sam
    Sep 30, 2014 - 11:18AM

    No more shipping from fedex for me. Going DHL or local TCS.Recommend

  • Jehangir Jawiad
    Sep 30, 2014 - 11:25AM

    @Navaid:

    As Imran Khan Says to currupt leaders ”Sharam Karo” i Say to you the same dear for posting this ridiculous comment..

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  • Ali
    Sep 30, 2014 - 11:32AM

    @RealTruth:
    First please learn what legality means and then raise your opinion on mass forums. I’d be interested in seeing what you’d get if you were in the same situation and had pursued a ‘Legal’ route. Please think before you choose your words.

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  • Gp65
    Sep 30, 2014 - 11:35AM

    @Zaida P:
    Well the company has not provided details of any performance failure. It is thus not difficult to make a correlation.

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  • Concerned
    Sep 30, 2014 - 11:43AM

    Sue the Gerry’s if it is not based on Merit.

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  • Asghar
    Sep 30, 2014 - 11:45AM

    @RealTruth:
    How did they take the law in their own hands? Do you have any concept of ethics and morals? The parliamentarians delayed the flight and for that the people protested. They did not beat them up or throw them out of the plane. They protested and protested and which is why the PML-N guy left the plane and Rehman malik was “asked” to turn back before he cou;ld borard.

    Shame on you for having such a poor vision of reality and shame on the people who have voted for your comment.

    @Navaid:
    Kuch “sharam kero”.

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  • bash gul
    Sep 30, 2014 - 11:47AM

    There should be a dharna in front of Gerry’s and FedEx offices. Block their vehicles, only then they will realize that their decision on merit coincided with ousting of the two politicians. There will always be boot lickers who are part of the VVIP culture.

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  • Sep 30, 2014 - 11:48AM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    Something, is not right, here. They should take away your computer

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  • Old Ravian
    Sep 30, 2014 - 11:50AM

    IK should invite this gentleman atop the container. The face is not unknown, he has appeared in some TV commercials.

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  • Sep 30, 2014 - 12:05PM

    Gerrys Group, very disappointed by your action.

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  • jjjj
    Sep 30, 2014 - 12:09PM

    @Naz:
    First of all, who was breaking the law by delaying the PIA flight?? Are you sure this gentleman was broken the law and he was responsible for delay of PIA flight?

    Further, is Gerry group responsible for implementing the law in Pakistan? Had any court ordered to fire him from job because he broken the law? Gerry group has no concern with the subject incident.

    You all are abusing the people of Pakistan only just because of your love to PML-N.

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  • Muzzammil
    Sep 30, 2014 - 12:19PM

    Vultures in Pakistan

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  • Fatima
    Sep 30, 2014 - 12:25PM

    For those defending the VIP protocols I hope one day you see how these VIP movement even do not allow ambulances to pass.

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  • Fatima
    Sep 30, 2014 - 12:31PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    How much are you getting paid to post such comments all over ET your comments are in favor of the government every bad move ..

    Please keep PTI out of this.. these VIP protocols do not even allow ambulances to pass how can you even support them.Recommend

  • John
    Sep 30, 2014 - 12:41PM

    Troll,On a roll,is a beautiful song.You should check it out sometime.

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  • Khurram
    Sep 30, 2014 - 12:44PM

    well well well….this is not acceptable…Gerry’s let their several employees killed in cold storage incident of Karachi airport attack but no one was terminated from the job, and the person gets termination just beacuse he stood against VIP’s…highly unacceptable…

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  • Abdul
    Sep 30, 2014 - 12:47PM

    Its BIG shame Gerry to sack Hussain for standing up for the people of Pakistan. Had you done it in US you would have slapped with heavy fine by the court. It is Pakistan where you can get away with these tongue in cheek cowering under these corrupt politicians.

    We have to email ‘customer.care’ @’gerrys.com.pk’ and lodge protest in strongest terms.

    Also can somebody suggest a crowdfunding site to setup crowdfunding campaign both in Ruppees and USD to fund Hussain.

    http://www.crowdfundpakistan.com/?gclid=CPu-wcy2iMECFRHHtAodQTkALg

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  • Dani
    Sep 30, 2014 - 1:00PM

    Ch. Allah Daad is the Gullu Butt of commentators in e news

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  • Maazrat ke saath
    Sep 30, 2014 - 1:06PM

    Curioussly, they did not say on what ‘merit’ they fired him. In my view, this guy should get into politics to clean up the system. Pakistan needs a gutsy person like him to clean up. He should at least act as a motivator for change if nothing else. Or maybe if we can’t think about Malala, how would we think about him.

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  • Pakistani
    Sep 30, 2014 - 1:10PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    Now go back to sleep!

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  • boycott
    Sep 30, 2014 - 1:12PM

    i am not using Fed Ex any more . Can some one please bring this to the notice of Fed Ex HQ in US and get them to fire Gerry as their agents of disrepute . Also i am not using Gerry s Travel Agency or the Airlines whose GSA they carry in Pakistan or any business associated with them . Shame on you Gerry s . These guys only understand the language of money . Hit them in their pockets where it hurts them the most.

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  • Pakistani
    Sep 30, 2014 - 1:15PM

    Gerry’s succumbed to the pressure otherwise they would have been the next ‘Khanani Kalia’.

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  • Ahmed
    Sep 30, 2014 - 1:20PM

    You are an extraordinary man now so don’t expect anything from ordinary people. It’s a black and sad day for all common people across the world.

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  • Sep 30, 2014 - 1:22PM

    You are a real life hero. You have inspired millions.

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  • Abbas
    Sep 30, 2014 - 1:35PM

    Dear Mr. Arjumand Hussain, you have gained are utmost respect, for change there must sacrifice but this on Gerry Group is wrong, this article is one of the reasons why people don’t stand up for what they believe in cause of these instances, of petty revenge tactics. I dont know if others agree with me or not but what you did was the right thign to do.

    I am ashamed of this county on a daily bases, and here is one more thing to be ashamed about.

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  • Ali-Dubai
    Sep 30, 2014 - 1:36PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    **Do whatever you want, but keep this thing, Nawaz will not complete his tenure for sure. INSHALLAH.

    You should be ashamed for supporting such VIP culture.**

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  • Hugh Slaman
    Sep 30, 2014 - 1:39PM

    @RealTruth: Why are you not upset at all the VIPs who take the law into their own hands and make others suffer for the sake of their privileges?

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  • Arslan Aslam
    Sep 30, 2014 - 1:39PM

    My grievances to the person who is suffering. And hats off for standing against the VIP culture. Allah will help you in future dont worry. May help help you to prosper and be as fearless as you were in that flight.

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  • Aslam
    Sep 30, 2014 - 1:40PM

    Arshad Wali Mohammad, the owner as per his Linkedin and Twitter should be held responsible as the Director of the company.

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  • Hugh Slaman
    Sep 30, 2014 - 1:40PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad: What do you mean he used force? Where were the weapons? He only used words. The politicians knew they were in the wrong.

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  • just_someone
    Sep 30, 2014 - 1:41PM

    Saying anything to Gerry wouldnt help.
    As someone who has lived in the US, I can say that emailing FedEx might help. American firms are incredibly PR conscious and the fact that Gerry’s uses FedEx’s name puts them liable on Gerry’s actions.
    Feel free to reach out:
    http://www.fedex.com/us/customersupport/email/office/FXO.html

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  • Nazir Aslam
    Sep 30, 2014 - 1:42PM

    The sentence should go like this “Based on merit of displeasing VIPs”

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  • as
    Sep 30, 2014 - 1:43PM

    i know his family! He hails from an honest background! His father was a real son of this soil who served this country! A good family! God bless you sir!

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  • Musab
    Sep 30, 2014 - 1:46PM

    Hussain is getting more respect now. I am pretty sure that private sectors would pleasurably welcome him.

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  • Hugh Slaman
    Sep 30, 2014 - 1:46PM

    @Navaid: You have the sort of attitude that makes the culture of injustice persist in Pakistan.
    What makes you think the former Minister had any right to cause trouble to those passengers by making them wait for 2.5 hours? How do you think this sort of unfairness can be stopped if not by people refusing to allow these VIPs to get away with this appalling behaviour?

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  • Hugh Slaman
    Sep 30, 2014 - 1:48PM

    @Roni: You don’t like common citizens taking the plane in their control. By what right have these politicians been taking planes in their control for so long now, causing trouble to working people through their unfair privileges?

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  • Hugh Slaman
    Sep 30, 2014 - 1:50PM

    @Naz: What laws were broken here? Why do you not care about VIPs holding up people’s lives for the sake of their own lateness?

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  • tauseef rasheed
    Sep 30, 2014 - 1:54PM

    You have done a great job by realising ordinary Pakistanis that they must stand up for their rights and have the courage to stop old practices of VIP culture in Naya Pakistan. It will not be tolerated anymore and all the Pakistanis must be equally treated. I salute you for your courage and sacrifice.

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  • Libra
    Sep 30, 2014 - 1:55PM

    This is clear message to all who stand against injustice that this country is not fit for such stands. Rather just be a bystander. Riaya (Public) is not supposed to object for injustice done by Monarchs of this country.

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  • Syed Fawad
    Sep 30, 2014 - 1:57PM

    Gerry’s and FEDEX are privately own enterprises. Do not impose your opinion on private organization. I will later destroy business operation of all private enterprises.

    Impose opinion only on Government owned Enterprises. Do not try to destroy private business of others

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  • Karachi 3
    Sep 30, 2014 - 1:57PM

    Boycott Gerry’s and FEDEX.This is the only civil way of protesting

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  • Sep 30, 2014 - 2:08PM

    Sham Gerry Groups, Rehman malik

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  • Asad
    Sep 30, 2014 - 2:10PM

    Injustice at it’s best. the gentleman was not on duty at that time, can a employer be a Big Brother 24 hours ?
    Employers may react if their employees are convicted in a criminal offence. To fire someone for protesting discrimination, and that too in their own time, should not happen in this day and age.
    Did protesting the flight delay cause damage or loss of reputation to Gerry’s, I think not.

    I am sure fundamental human rights have been violated by Gerry’s in this act, and there has to be some law on unfair dismissals by employers to cover this.

    The statement by Gerry’s (another word for PML N), is absurd, you don’t make GM, if you are incompetent or under perform.

    PTI should take up this injustice…and what about the British, when contracts can be cancelled by big British departmental chains, with Bangladesh suppliers, for using child labor, and some other unfair practices, why cannot the British High Commission cancel the contract with Gerry’s, or do they feel, that protesting discriminatory practices in Pakistan is not on, and the natives need to be punished, as if they are still masters, and Gerry’s are Mr Clive, late of the East India Company.

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  • Waris Khan
    Sep 30, 2014 - 2:22PM

    What a shame. This happenes when you stand up against these political-mafiosos. Every pakistani should support this man.

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  • Syed
    Sep 30, 2014 - 2:36PM

    @Syed Fawad:
    Why? Does that mean private business can do as they please? everytime? This is not how it works. Learn to call a wrong, wrong. Dont be a hypocrite.

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  • Ubaid
    Sep 30, 2014 - 2:36PM

    Has anyone checked his linkedin and Facebook profile…https://www.facebook.com/arjumand.hussain.14 & pk.linkedin.com/pub/arjumand-hussain/18/641/335
    His profile shows that he has not worked for Gerry’s..may be ARY and Mubashir Lucman has played some game considering their credibility…

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  • Asim A. Siddiqui
    Sep 30, 2014 - 2:37PM

    What a Shame an honest and courageous man being penalized for his action. Instead of a reward from the government this treatment is simply ridiculous. But what Mr. Arjumand has done will Inshallah be rewarded by Allah as it is the real Jihad that he had done.

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  • Muhammad Khan
    Sep 30, 2014 - 2:38PM

    Thank God he was just sacked… u know the VIP culture.. his children could have been kidnapped.. he could have been arrested for drug possession and distribution.. and worse..

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  • Jehangir Jawiad
    Sep 30, 2014 - 2:41PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:

    People assume you that you are paid free lancer of Gullu Butt’s Govt. think at least for few moments before posting such illogical comments in order to avoid such perception :)

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  • Change is coming
    Sep 30, 2014 - 2:57PM

    If this dismissal is unfair, then I am assuming there is legislation in Pakistan to address this.

    As long as he was not offensive or violent, I support this gentlemen’s right to protest – how ling will this system, that is funded by the tax payers – yes you and me – be used as the private purse of 0.0001% of the population.

    I want our traffic laws, litter laws, property laws, domestic violence laws etc enforced. I want the rule of law – period.

    I for one will not be using Gerry’s. There are other reputable courier and logistics companies out there.

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  • Bhaag Moteh Tattoo...
    Sep 30, 2014 - 3:00PM

    I want to hire this guy to lead a company called IRATE CITIZEN PVT LTD

    Its sole purpose would be to follow Rehman Malik and his hair around and force him off every mode of public transport.

    People woiuld pay good money to watch that

    Just kidding, please dont have me fired Mr Malik

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  • 357
    Sep 30, 2014 - 3:05PM

    No big deal. Rehman Malik will lie on TV about this.

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  • Jadugar
    Sep 30, 2014 - 3:11PM

    @ Syed Fawad, and What are you doing !!! Forcng your unwanted OPINION !!!

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  • Mekayel
    Sep 30, 2014 - 3:15PM

    Sir Arjumand Hussain, you have indeed done a great job in developing a sense in common individual about self respect and integrity. Loosing your job wont make a difference to you instead now you will be getting a much respectable position in the community and definitely getting wont be a difficult thing for you. Feel proud of your act and wish that you do more to the social welfare of this country. Pakistan Zindabad !

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  • UglyTruth
    Sep 30, 2014 - 3:17PM

    @RealTruth: What do you smoke man? You high or something? It wasn’t a protest. It was his right to raise a voice because he paid the same amount of money as Rehman Malik doodh wala did. Then why should his flight be delayed for hours because of one Ex Minister. He’s a minister, his duty is to serve people not to become a VVIP.

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  • Jalbani Baloch
    Sep 30, 2014 - 3:17PM

    Do not patronize lawlessness in the country. It is not the right of ordinary people to take law in to their hands and force the passenger, under pressure, to step out of the plane. The man, who acted indifferently beyond his authority, has been rightly punished by the company. If he or anyone else, had any objection on the delay of flight, they must have simply lodged complaint against the airline or any other appropriate forum. The electronic and print media is patronizing such trends and behaviors, which incite the people and making them believe that they were doing a good job. This needs to be discouraged and stopped.

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  • Ashraf
    Sep 30, 2014 - 3:27PM

    When you’re busy making videos and participating in dharnas, what do you expect?

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  • Goher
    Sep 30, 2014 - 3:36PM

    Everything is going in the right direction to awake people more, change is on its way. VIP culture and their custodians days are numbered.

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  • Sep 30, 2014 - 3:37PM

    No to VIP culture, stand up behind the Man who did brave stand against the big crocodiles of our elite mafias.

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  • Fatima
    Sep 30, 2014 - 3:46PM

    @Jalbani Baloch
    Yeah right you are talking about Pakistan’s legal system. Are you joking ??. Are you talking about the same courts that released gullu butt calling him an *innocent * despite clear video and photographic proof!

    These VIP protocols do not even allow ambulances to pass on the road do you want everyone to support that as well. ???

    Please show some sense of morality.

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  • Viking Star
    Sep 30, 2014 - 3:48PM

    Gerry’s have now moved/removed the page from facebook. This clearly shows there is something fishy.

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  • Ambreen
    Sep 30, 2014 - 3:50PM

    I totally support Mr Arjumand’s brave stance against VIP culture. He has set an example for all Pakistanis. He should be honoured by our nation, not fired from his job.
    But those who say they support Mr. Arjumand should be brave enough to boycott all Fed-Ex-Gerry’s products and services…This includes UK visa service in Pakistan!

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  • syed baqar ahsan
    Sep 30, 2014 - 4:06PM

    Still our public is confused they don’t how to finish VVIP/VIP culture and what should they demand from politicians.The public should/must demand two things ie immediately holding local bodies election on non-party bases and secondly reverting civil police to thana and not on anybody’s personal guard ie called de politicization and placed under local council elected out elected local bodies election-“everybody will come back to senses”.Today nobody talks about police and LB-biggest cheating politicians are doing with public.

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  • syed baqar ahsan
    Sep 30, 2014 - 4:11PM

    Arjumand Hussain you lit the first candle of freedom and public right now more to follow -well done.

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  • syed baqar ahsan
    Sep 30, 2014 - 4:16PM

    Is the Gerry too small and weak organisation and allow or driven by political interference.If so shame on Gerry.

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  • pak47
    Sep 30, 2014 - 4:43PM

    Good decision. Employers should not become political.Recommend

  • Tariq Mahmood
    Sep 30, 2014 - 4:45PM

    My company, for the last several years has been providing Gerry’s with about £157,000 of business. That all goes to a competitor from this day forward. Please follow suit if you have any sense of siding with what’s right.

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  • concerned
    Sep 30, 2014 - 4:47PM

    BOYCOTT FEDEX GERRY GROUP.

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  • xulfjan
    Sep 30, 2014 - 4:48PM

    I am boycotting Gerry Fedex in Pakistan as well here in Canada!!

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  • Mrs Ahmed
    Sep 30, 2014 - 5:01PM

    Yup it was best thing to do.. no one should be allowed to take law into their own hands Mr REAL TRUTH. even Rehman Malik…n this is what happens when there is no justice. His highness Rehman Malik is a former minister and since he belongs to the “a different kind”, the simple equality rule is not applicable to him, just like “HIS HIGHNESS, mr nawaz sharif”.
    they can delay flights, block roads, get someone fired.. but the people of Islamic REPUBLIC of Pakistan are not allowed to protest even though by definition, the power resides in PEOPLE. yes Mr Arhjumand should be arrested as he paid so many agents to get to this position. He should also be punished as his act caused anarchy by awakening the sleeping Pakistani nation. infact he should be hanged to death.. long live DEMOCRACY in Islamic REPUBLIC of PAKISTAN…
    just a few thoughts from Melbourne
    cheers

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  • Ali Tanoli
    Sep 30, 2014 - 5:11PM

    No longer traveling on PIA or any Paki airlines period.

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  • Siraj Ahmed
    Sep 30, 2014 - 5:13PM

    We all should support this man and now is the time for IK and PTI to take stand. They should take his cause and reinstate this man. Its these actions that will prove if we can get Naya Pakistan or we will continue to go down the drain.

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  • Adnan
    Sep 30, 2014 - 5:14PM

    Khan Sahib is giving us a chance to change our destiny and episodes like this can become the catalyst for change.
    Wake up nation, if we miss this opportunity we and our children will remain salves for ages.

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  • vaqas
    Sep 30, 2014 - 5:18PM

    As the saying goes, there is no such thing as bad publicity. So my reaction is that its a gerrys stunt to come out in The mainstream. Shame on us to be so naive.

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  • Humza
    Sep 30, 2014 - 5:21PM

    @Ali-Dubai: Do whatever you want but I do not wish to see an elected government be forced out of office due to mob politics- Inshallah. The VIP culture exposed by Arjumand Hussain is the same culture that Imran Khan and his Naya Pakistan support. The ones who are the VIPs are Imran Khan and Shah Qureshi who think they can delay buses, trains and planes for common people while they do dharnas in VIP containers and helicopters. People want rule of law and respect for order, not lawlessness and behaving above law which is PTI method.
    Boycott Fedex!

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Sep 30, 2014 - 5:26PM

    This guy deserves jail time too. He assaulted passengers of the flight which is a very serious crime. PIA employees who delayed plane also deserve sacking and jail time. As far Rehman Malik is concerned, he should have been in jail long time ago. All those who are bragging in favour of this guy should help him to find another job. Social media warriors should also donate some money to help this guy. Do something which is meaningful.

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  • Viking Star
    Sep 30, 2014 - 5:30PM

    Congratulations and well done guys. Gerry’s is receiving tons of complaints at their email address and their mailbox s full / over quota, but we should not stop and continue to send complaints.Recommend

  • majid
    Sep 30, 2014 - 5:32PM

    Curse of vip culture must be crushed by raising defiant voices. Gerry should feel the punch by bycoting its services.

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  • Work-Ethics
    Sep 30, 2014 - 5:37PM

    Many will support Mr. Anjumand for his efficient GoPro skills. We still forget to understand he is an employee of a private organization and on duty. Running a corporation is no joke and what Mr.Anjumand did is a citizen was his rights, not as a employee. Being in the industry he should have known the consequences. I’m against VIP culture, and Mr.Anjumand sacrifice will make the rest think before delaying a flight.

    He is not challenging this termination in the court, is self explainable. thou he would have got the support required from the masses. But he himself knows being on job what he did was wrong. Cant challenge that in court. Good Luck Mr. Anjumand finding a new job.

    BTW all of you not thinking about using Fed-Ex and Gerrys.. Good Luck getting a Visa for future tours. Oh I forgot you just said it, cause it sounds catchy. lol

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  • Nasir-ud-din Soomro
    Sep 30, 2014 - 5:38PM

    Its really aggravating situation when some like Arjumand Hussain is sacked for standing up and speaking out for the rights of his person and people as a whole.

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  • S Chaudhury
    Sep 30, 2014 - 5:51PM

    Gerrys-FedEx PK should be taken to court for unfair dismissal of Mr Hussain
    Large compensation should be awarded by the court to stop this practice in future.
    Rehman Malik should also be taken to court for undue influence to cause this dismissal

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  • oBSERVER
    Sep 30, 2014 - 5:56PM

    I met Arjumand at the DHA Golf and Country Club in 1999/2000 and I found him to be one person who could never utter a foul word.A polished cultured and pleasant man. We were close but I left Karachi and we lost touch.It is good to know he has not changed has shown the nation the self esteem we need to have.With his much needed support we are a better and proud people.Thank you Arjumand.

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  • Faryal
    Sep 30, 2014 - 5:57PM

    Shame on Gerrys. Ive been a loyal customer of their services for ages. But no more. Hussain, we applaud u for what u did. U are right in the eye of the nation and that should be your real victory. God bless u

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  • Junaids Akhtar
    Sep 30, 2014 - 6:00PM

    No More. Go Nawaz Go.
    This is the hard and fast truth that whoever go against the corrupt so called two families democratic system get a foot.
    And then the whole world is told that no no it was not because of this but because of merit.
    Shame on Gerry.

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  • Braveheart
    Sep 30, 2014 - 6:15PM

    Mr.Arjumand Hussain should be rewarded, this reward should be given by common folks, people like you and me. Our values as a people have to be known to the VIP’s. As a people we find the VIP culture reprehensible, obnoxious, revolting, shameful. We therefore have to let this be known. People who stand up to VIP’s have to be recognized for their guts. Others will then muster the courage to stand-up to these so called VIP’s. Once people have the will to stand up together, this culture will die a natural death, which should have happened a long time back. My dear friends just cut a few VIP’s to size and the remaining will disappear.

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  • Abdul
    Sep 30, 2014 - 6:26PM

    Mr. Arjumand Hussain is to Pakistan where apartheid (discrimination) is being practiced by the V.I.P class against ordinary folks is what Rosa Parks was to civil rights movement in USA(google Rosa Parks). Her sole act of defiance in 1955 to relinquish her seat to white man sparked the movement that blossomed into civil rights movement and culminated in land mark civil liberties act which gave equal rights to vote, schooling, public transport, restaurants and public parks to black men and women. Gone were the days when restaurants had sign in front “Dogs and Blacks are not allowed”

    Pakistan is on the cusp of same civil rights movement this time against mighty VIP’s who have sabotaged the election process and hijacked the democracy after relegating common man to third class citizen. This is wake up call to common man to exercise their rights peacefully. it is Now or Never. We need to take the power from these plunderers. Everybody should join hands and do their part no matter how small. Inshallah we will succeed.
    As a first step we want to get our voice heard.

    Please broadcast this incident to through social media to each and every country where FedEx operates through social media.(200+ countries)

    Please call FedEx head office and talk to client or customer relations officer- be polite and courteous register your displeasure.(00-1-800-463-3339)

    Email to those where it matters: FedEx Investors Relations- ir@fedex.com.
    FedEx MiddleEast and Pakistan office- memaster@fedex.com

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  • someone
    Sep 30, 2014 - 6:28PM

    Question is, are people commenting here ready to change something? Why not a Dharna in front of Gerry’s Group office for the person who fought against injustice? If people go silent on this one, it will be a win for the VIP class and loss for ordinary Pakistanis.

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  • Scarborough
    Sep 30, 2014 - 6:28PM

    Gerry’s: poor you. Face the wrath of people power now…

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  • M.A. Khan
    Sep 30, 2014 - 6:46PM

    As a matter of principal the company has done the right thing to fire Mr. Hussain. He did not have the right to take the law in own hand, insult the passengers whether VIP’s or any other.

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  • Iqbal Hadi Zaidi
    Sep 30, 2014 - 6:54PM

    He is brave enough to expose those who have guts to lie so blatantly. Iqbal Hadi Zaidi

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  • Sep 30, 2014 - 6:58PM

    @just_someone:

    well advised. or you can visit my blog post to find more ways to protesting against it. Its better to hurt them where it hurts.

    http://www.sarmadhassan.com/protest-arjumand-azhar-hussain-sacking/

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  • Engr. Rahim
    Sep 30, 2014 - 7:06PM

    No one has right to take the Law in his own hand. If we do that then will be law of anarchy. If each and every one take the law in his own hands then our country is going to be an other AFGHANISTAN, IRAQ and SHAM

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  • Hu
    Sep 30, 2014 - 7:08PM

    It is good that he stood up against the VIP culture but in routine practise it should be the planes captain who has the final authority of whether to let late passengers on or off the plane. By letting individuals break rules and procedures at there own whims is the reason why we have the VIP culture to begin with. No matter how good a reason they had.

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  • Danish Hassan
    Sep 30, 2014 - 7:08PM

    @RealTruth:
    So they should be sacked rather than taken to task by the law?

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  • Rawalpindi Kid
    Sep 30, 2014 - 7:15PM

    I am amazed how blatantly so many people, politicians (yes I don’t consider them people), and even organizations in Pakistan can lie in your face when they very well know the public can clearly see through their lies. Shame on Gerry’s management to even attempt to portray this as a merit based decision. With one stupid lie this organization has blackened its face for ever! Boycott Gerry’s!

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  • Fahd
    Sep 30, 2014 - 7:29PM

    How can we boycott this group? This group deals with all visa related issues to many of the foreign missions. We really don’t have an alternative to the services provided by this group.

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  • Imran Ahmed
    Sep 30, 2014 - 7:33PM

    Whatever the truth of Gerry’s claim (I suspect it is negligible), it is Mr R Malik who must be tried by Senate for misusing authority, for showing contempt to the people by delaying a commercial flight and for bringing the Senate into disrepute by lying through his teeth on public TV.
    The Senate’s reason for existence is to represent the people and to respond to us. If it does not, we should replace it with a new one which can do the job entrusted to it.

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  • Sep 30, 2014 - 7:53PM

    I went ahead and registered my complaint on FedEx site on behalf of all Pakistanis.

    http://www.fedex.com/us/customersupport/email/office/FXO.html

    I think we all should do the same, I am pretty confident if FedEx receives a large number of complaints, they will definitely reconsider their decision to do business with the ex-law maker. Please go ahead and do your part.

    Thank you.

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  • Imtiaz
    Sep 30, 2014 - 8:19PM

    We should boycott Gerry’s. The least we can do to support

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  • Ahmed Ali Khan
    Sep 30, 2014 - 8:35PM

    @Ubaid:

    Its true that Mubashar Lucman find a job for Arjumand Hussain. He is starting before Eid.

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  • Noureen
    Sep 30, 2014 - 8:37PM

    First of all, who was breaking the law by delaying the PIA flight?? Are you sure this gentleman was broken the law and he was responsible for delay of PIA flight?
    Further, is Gerry group responsible for implementing the law in Pakistan? Had any court ordered to fire him from job because he broken the law? Gerry group has no concern with the subject incident. It is just because of PMLN old bad ways..Recommend

  • Faruq
    Sep 30, 2014 - 8:43PM

    To those saying the passengers should have complained through “official channels” – when was the last time a complaint against a senior politician through “official channels” actually worked? how can you support a system that has quite possibly stomped on you and probably doesn’t care about your rights?

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  • Hassan Y.
    Sep 30, 2014 - 9:25PM

    Arjumand Sahab,
    We are proud to have such Gentleman like you who understands the difference between right and wrong. Have courage to take stand against negativity.
    Our prayers are with you.
    These VIPs will make the point that nothing can stand in front of them and some idiots will support them. Soon they will be punished and ashamed just like Rehman Malik.
    Don’t loose hope – that’s the moral of the story.!

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  • Timorlane
    Sep 30, 2014 - 9:28PM

    FedEx Gerry people are busy deleting the hundreds of condemning comments they are receiving on their facebook page.

    Shame on FedEx Gerry. Boycott them.

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  • Rao
    Sep 30, 2014 - 10:00PM

    @
    Yes sir! It is just a coincidence R.Malik came late and the plane had been delayed due to technical problems. These things happen, the photographer should have exercised a bit of self censorship and should not have released the video for general viewing. Malik once served Pakistan as a responsible minister and now as a senator. Is this not good enough to show their service to the country and people?

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  • muhammad ahmed khan
    Sep 30, 2014 - 11:03PM

    as expected, a clear cut message for masses.

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  • Jamshed
    Oct 1, 2014 - 12:31AM

    I would ask colleagues to start an on-line campaign for Mr Hussain’s reinstatement by his employers. In sacking Mr Hussain, the employers are clearly following the demands of the powerful. Reinstatement of Mr Hussain by public demand would send a very powerful signal that Pakistan’s public will not tolerate abuse of power.

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  • Tariq Bashir
    Oct 1, 2014 - 12:37AM

    Go Gerry Go

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  • bilal
    Oct 1, 2014 - 12:55AM

    You are a brave man. you will a better one

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  • Iqbal Hadi Zaidi
    Oct 1, 2014 - 2:12AM

    Sharam tumko nahi aati 4 punishing the one who has the guts to show you mirror. GO NAWAZ GO. Iqbal Hadi Zaidi

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  • numbersnumbers
    Oct 1, 2014 - 2:39AM

    Of course the politicians on this flight were not involved in pressuring the company to terminate this citizen! NOT!

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  • Naeem Khan
    Oct 1, 2014 - 4:21AM

    @Kasur wala:
    How right you are. I laughed so hard, tears came to my eyes. This guy never been out of Pakistan as it seems to me.

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  • Adeel
    Oct 1, 2014 - 4:34AM

    While under normal circumstances passengers kicking off others out of a flight would be unacceptable. In this Circumstance…people do need to stand up for justice. The culture must change and all should be equal, not just on paper but practically. We have no choice anymore. Justice is not done for the average citizenry and their is no place for them to take their pleas. Standup people and do not let you children and their children see the same Pakistan we see. Support justice. Raise your voice and wallets against injustice. Do not support Gerry’s group and find alternate means. My humble respect To mr Hussain and others like him.

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  • ORANGE
    Oct 1, 2014 - 5:44AM

    what is new, we punish people who stand up for something wrong. Nothing new in Pakistan

    STAND UP PAKISTAN KEEP FIGHTING FOR YOUR RIGHTS.

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  • ZN
    Oct 1, 2014 - 7:06AM

    We should boycott Fedex-Gerry… What else can we expect from these corrupt PPP and PML N politicians. We should unite for the end of this VIP culture! These so called VIPs are not even worth the alphabets…. For them actually VIP stands for ‘Visually Impaired Person”. They can’t see the obvious. They better shape up else…….

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  • Iqbal Hadi Zaidi
    Oct 1, 2014 - 7:48AM

    Thanks Allah, he is till alive and the credit goes to none but Senator Malik Rehman alone for his utter kindness who just got the employee terminated otherwise same Senator could have sent him to gallows as well. Iqbal Hadi Zaidi

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  • freed
    Oct 1, 2014 - 8:07AM

    some one please help this guy land a good job, he should start networking, Right now the whole nation is feeling for his loss. he should call up press conference and announce to VIPs, to show up on time otherwise he will be waiting anxiously in plane for them.lol

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  • SA
    Oct 1, 2014 - 10:12AM

    If you know the Gerry group, you will not be surprised. That is the culture we need to demolish.

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  • Oct 1, 2014 - 12:09PM

    The connections one person or entity to show their wrath….

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  • jonaid
    Oct 1, 2014 - 1:20PM

    @pak47:
    Who told you that the employer cannot be political?

    Remember he is not your Gullu Butt Government Employee.

    If employee cannot be political then according to you only businessmen and un-employed has the rights to do politics.

    Grow up man.

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  • Waleed I Khan
    Oct 1, 2014 - 1:33PM

    Very dissappointing to see this happen in Pakistan but am not surprised as our country is taken over by these so called VIP’s. Salute to Arjumand who had the courage to stand up for this injustice. If I were in his place I would have done the same or even worse.These so called VIP’s deserves even harsher treatment. They cannot treat fellow citizens as bhairr/bakriyan. Those days are over and now nation is standing up to these injustices, wherever they see it. I was responsible in my organistation for giving lot of business to both Gerry’s nd Fed Ex but since I learnt this injustice, I have competely stopped passing on our business to this group. If other people like me start doing this then this Group will realise and may come to their senses.No one should put up with such treatment at any so called VIP. Arjumand has set an excellant example and I do hope rest of us follows his footstep and do the same against such injustices. Please boycott Gerry’s and Fed Ex competely and hurt them where it hurts most.

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  • kim
    Oct 1, 2014 - 1:44PM

    Who will sack??:

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  • pakistani
    Oct 1, 2014 - 4:31PM

    Please register your protest at FedEx website. There is a section which deals with complaints. We can make a difference if sufficient people complain. 5 mins of your time required and it could change someone’s life.

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  • Abid P. Khan
    Oct 1, 2014 - 5:38PM

    @Goher:
    “……. VIP culture and their custodians days are numbered.”

    So, IK decided to order the police to release the rabble-rousers of his party.

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  • Nauman Afzal
    Oct 1, 2014 - 10:23PM

    OWNERS OF GERRY’S MUST BE CHANGED: It is obvious that management of Gerry’s has lost control of the situation – Gerry’s is in a tail-spin, but the employees can still prevent demise of an otherwise professional and profitable company. An employer must value the hard work of its employees, treat them with dignity, and support them when they take a bold stand against a social ill in the society. Sadly, owners of Gerry’s have let down their employees and customers. Gerry’s employees have an opportunity to change its owners along with the culture of favoritism, nepotism and political expediency in their company. If you are a Gerry’s employee:
    • Share this post with as many of your colleagues as possible
    • Have discussions with your fellow employees – you will be surprised how many of them share your opinion of the situation
    • Anonymously leak any instances of corruption and illegal activities by the owners of Gerry’s Group as its affiliated companies to the media (for example, cheating on taxes, illegal siphoning off of profits, bribing a tax official or an auditor, unethical business dealing with customers and suppliers). You can release the information anonymously and without fear of reprisal to http://www.whistleblowers.org/
    With your cooperation, Gerry’s can put this sad affair behind it under new ownership. Remember, the faster you act, the sooner you will attract the attention of outside investors and competitors to acquire ownership of Gerry’s (and its prized franchise of FedEX).

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  • Omer
    Oct 1, 2014 - 10:51PM

    ” he was terminated on merit and not for his involvement in the PK-370 incident.”

    Who they are trying to fool.

    From now on I along with my immediate family is going to boycott Gerry’s services on both personal and business level.

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  • Dr. Asad Sadick, Germany
    Oct 2, 2014 - 2:25AM

    I am glad that so many have voiced their concern and condemnation for Arjumand getting fired by Gerrys. Yes, Mr. Arjumand Hussain did the right thing. What bothers me, however, is that there are still many who have condemned what Arjumand did. This shows that there are many amongst us who still can’t see right from wrong and evil from virtue. Shame on all these shameless.

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  • Ray
    Oct 2, 2014 - 2:07PM

    This is just a pathetic statement made by Gerry’s to save face due to their decline in popularity. This company should be boycotted and investigated for taking such actions which only prove that VIP’s, not laws, govern this country, furthering the need for a Naya Pakistan!

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  • Umair Ahmad
    Oct 3, 2014 - 11:34AM

    What a Shame!!!….we must condemn such discriminatory & unfair actions on political pressures and stop using Gerrys services / products to register our protest. The details of Gerrys business interests can be found on http://www.gerrys.com.pk

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