KARACHI - The Pakistan International Airlines employees would put a strong resistance against the government bid to private the national flag-carrier, said PIA Corporation Employees Union secretary general Ubaidullah here Sunday.
He said no decision about the fate of PIA could be made without taking its employees on board as they also own 12 percent shares of the corporation and are the genuine stakeholders. He said the PIA workers would not struggle against the privatisation alone but they are in hectic contacts with other leading workers unions and federations of Pakistan. He said they would not allow the government to renders workers jobless to please the international loan-givers.
He said the PIA for last many years has been silently prepared for privatisation and in this regard the financial and administrative position of the organisation was purposefully deteriorated to make it a loss-giving organisation and put it on the list of ‘white elephants’ to be privatised. He said the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz government, instead of selling this precious national asset for peanuts, should order its re-organisation and restructuring to make it profitable once again.
Ubaidullah said the PIA workers feel that the rulers are bent to privatise the PIA to benefit certain privately-owned airlines which would a betrayal with the nation. He said the PIACEU is holding an important meeting with other worker unions and federations today to chalk out a foolproof line of action to deter the dreaded privatisation.
SPECIAL TEAMS FORMED AGAINST ILLEGAL VEHICLES: Karachi Traffic police have formed four special teams to launch a crackdown on illegal vehicles in the city.
The traffic police in collaboration with Citizen Trust Against Crime is all set to launch a coordinated drive against the illegal vehicles. The four teams under DSP Traffic rank officers would work in different areas of the city. Meanwhile, spokesman of Sindh police said Traffic police Karachi has launched a SMS service for citizens to provide them guidance through this short message service.
The citizens can get traffic updates by dialling 8655 on the cell phones and entering T. To improve this service the citizens could send their suggestions of helpline number 1915 or email Karachitrafficpolicesmsservices@gmail.com.
Meanwhile, to deter the incident of looting of traders of sacrificial animal during Edul Azha season, police have been asked to ensure coordinated patrolling and vigil in all cattle markets of the city, including the biggest ‘animal mandi’ at Superhighway.
Sindh Police Inspector General Shahid Nadeem Baloch in this regard has instructed law enforcing agencies should chalk out a coordinated plan in the light of the experiences of past year to provide foolproof security to all licensed cattle markets of the city. He said all central roads and side streets leading to cattle markets would be strictly patrolled along with random snap checking. Motorcycle patrolling and picketing would be ensured at all link roads.
In the central cattle market of Superhighway temporary wireless base and watch towers would be erected. Bomb disposal squad would also remain fully active in busy areas and parking lots of the cattle markets. Alternate routes would also be devised to facilitate the visitors of these cattle markets.