SC summons PIA Managing Director to clarify women victimization

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Thursday issued notices to the Pakistan International Airlines’ PIA Managing Director directing him to appear before it SC in person and clarify his stance over the issue of women’s victimization in the entity.

The bench comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Gulzar Ahmad and Justice Sh. Azmat Saeed was hearing a case pertaining to mismanagement, corruption and nepotism in the national flag carrier.

The court issued notices to the PIA Managing Director when Captain Riffat Hayee submitted before the bench an application requesting the court to implead her as a party in the case, enabling her to tell about the victimization and sexual harassment of women staffers by some of the PIA officers.

She told the court that she had submitted many applications, on the mater, to the concerned officials but no action had been taken and that was why she had decided to become a party in the case.

She said any employee who raises voice against the management is victimized. She said she herself was an example to the professional victimization. She said she was forced to sit at home for over a year. She said the atmosphere for women was not suitable in the PIA.

To a court query, she said she had submitted many applications to the officials regarding the harassment and victimization, however no application had been considered. Raja Bashir Ahmed, counsel for PIA, told the court that Attorney General Irfan Qadir was engaged with the PIA chairman, as he would appear on next hearing on behalf of the PIA chairman. He also sought time for preparation, which the court allowed and adjourned the hearing till March 14.