Purge PIA of corruption instead of privatization, govt advised

Karachi: An ‘All Parties Conference (APC)’ of political and religious parties, trade unions and PIA employees’ action committee here Tuesday opposed the proposed privatization of PIA and suggested that the airline should be made profitable by running it professionally and purging it from corrupt political elements.

The moot termed the proposed privatization of Pakistan International Airline (PIA), Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM) and other state-run institutions against the interest of Pakistan and demanded of the government to bring reforms in these organizations, instead of pursuing the agenda of international lending

The APC was held on Sunday at the Jamaat-e-Islami Karachi office, Idara Noor-e-Haq.

JI Karachi chapter amir Engr. Hafiz Naeem-ur-Rehman has said that the issue of PIA’s privatization has concerned the entire nation. He said that the agenda of privatization is against the interest of Pakistan. He said these wrong policies of government are resulted in giving the strategic national entities to foreign capitalists. He said that so far some half a million people have become jobless due to this privatization policy of the regime.

The JI leader stressed the need of eliminating corruption from the national institutions for their financial survival. Criticizing the present government, he said that the rulers should have condoled with the heirs of the martyrs who laid down their lives to protest against the anti-people policy of privatizations. He said that if the rulers can start a dialogue with regime of Narendra Modi why they cannot talk with the PIA employees. He said that Prime Minister Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif needs to soften his tone and bring reforms in the PIA. He r said that the JI is ready to play its due role in this regard.

Capt. Sohail Balouch of PIA joint action committee said that the prime minister is being misguided by bureaucracy. He said that the government should look into the matter carefully and realize the problem or PIA employees, instead of making it an issue of personal ego.

He said that four PIA employees have been forcefully disappeared. He demanded of the government to release them immediately. He vowed not to bow down before the cruelty and use of excessive force by the government. He was of the view that people of Pakistan and employees of the PIA are the real stakeholders of PIA.

Najmi Aalam of Pakistan People Party (PPP) said that his party always opposes the privatization. He said that the behaviour of the government towards the protest of the employees is quite inappropriate. He stressed the need of dialogue on the issue and warned that use of force would further worsen the situation.

Khawaja Tariq Nazir of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) demanded of the government to ensure a transparent probe into the incident of murder of PIA employees.

Qari Usman of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI) demanded of the government to take some serious steps to resolve the issue and asked the PML-N government to learn a lesson from the mistakes they made in past.

Siddique Rathor of Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan (JUP) said that the auction of national institutions in the name of privatization is unacceptable.

Qazi Ahmed Noorani, Latif Mughal, Habib Junadi, Zafar Khan, Liaquat Sahi, Shafiq Ghauri, Bisharat Mirza , Nadeem, Naeem Qureshi, Al-Haj Rafi and others also spoke.