‘Govt barred from privatising PIA’: SC

Islamabad: Supreme Court (SC) ordered Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) to submit a petition seeking withdrawal of another SC decision on regularisation of contract employees in Karachi.

A three-member bench of SC headed by Justice Azmat Saeed while hearing multiple petitions regarding national flag carrier also
barred government from privatising PIA without SC’s permission.

PIA Counsel, Naeem Bukhari during hearing sought permission for recruitment in airline. On March 31, 2018, SC had placed ban on new recruitment in PIA.

The Counsel argued that SC’s Karachi Registry had ordered PIA administration to regularise all airline’s contract employees in Karachi. He contended that SC’s earlier order on ban on recruitment refrained airline from executing its latter order to regularise employees.

Justice Ijazul Ahsan remarked that PIA had already inducted much more employees than it required. Justice Saeed asked why PIA Counsel didn’t inform bench in Karachi about SC’s earlier order regarding ban on fresh employees.

Advocate Bukhari informed that SC that bench was hearing case in Karachi and he was not representing PIA in that case.

Justice Saeed asked Counsel to submit a plea against SC’s order on regularisation of employees and said that it was not possible that Court would issue two contradictory orders.

He also directed PIA to take action on its 10-year audit report. “Its time for PIA to take its own responsibility,” Justice Saeed said and adjourned hearing of case for an indefinite period.

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