Protesting PIA employees to be terminated: PM

SAHIWAL: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday said the Essential Services Maintenance Act was extended to the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) to improve the performance of national flag carrier.

Talking to newsmen here, Sharif said the strike in PIA had the backing of some political parties, which was causing Rs. 100 million loss per day.

“Politics is going on in PIA. And it is going on with the backing of some political parties. Should we not check it and improve the situation?,” he remarked.

The prime minister said the passengers face hardships due to poor service of PIA and the poor condition of its fleet. “Should we ignore it,” he questioned.

“It will not happen at all,” Sharif remarked. He further said that the protesting employees will face action, to be terminated from service and even will be facing one year imprisonment under the Essential Services Act.

The prime minister said any concession for such elements in his view would be unfair for the country.

He, however, maintained that those employees, who were doing good job in PIA, and were not paying heed to the striking elements, would be rewarded.

Referring to the statement of Opposition Leader Khursheed Ahmad Shah, who described the government’s decision to extend Essential Services Act to PIA as a dictatorial decision, the prime minister said Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto had also extended this act to PIA in 1976.