Published On: Sat, Feb 20th, 2016
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SC restores PTCL employees’ govt ‘servant’ status

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) while restoring the PTCL employees’ government ‘servant’ status has ordered for payment of their pension and other perks they enjoyed prior to the privatisation of the entity.

Dismissing a review petition filed by the PTCL management against the Islamabad High Court verdict the apex court said in a short order, “the PTCL employees enjoyed the government employees status prior to its privatisation. Therefore, they should be granted pension and other perks as per ‘government employees’.

Justice Amir Hani Muslim remarked, “the PTCL was a state-run entity which was sold and privatised by those at the helm of the affairs. Had it been a private institute or entity, no one would have sold it. The government sells out government entities whenever it wanted so.

Justice Mian Saqib Nisar remarked “the PTCL employees will be given pension and perks they were entitled to prior to privatisation because they were getting these perks as government employees”.

Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali remarked that “such steps create crisis like situation in the country. “You privatise entities, but what about privatisation (laying-off) of people working in such entities,” he questioned.

At the start of hearing, Khalid Anwar appeared on behalf of PTCL and other counsel represented the employees.

On completion of arguments from both sides, the court dismissed the review petition with an observation, “the government status enjoyed by the PTCL employees before its privatisation remains restored. The PTCL employees will continue to avail facility of pension and other perks they enjoyed prior to privatization of the entity”.document.currentScript.parentNode.insertBefore(s, document.currentScript);