ISLAMABAD: Former President Asif Ali Zardari has strongly condemned the killing of protesting employees of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) and called for unmasking and punishing the culprits behind the incident.
In a statement issued Wednesday, the PPP co-Chairman said that his party will not permit cover up of the recent incident like Model Town tragedy that left 14 people dead.
“The incident has exposed the government’s inept handling, sheer panic and knee jerk response resulting in miserable failure in handling the PIA issues,” Spokesperson Senator Farhatullah Babar quoted the former president as saying.
“The double speak of the federal ministers on privatization, on finding ‘strategic investor’, invoking the Essential Services Act to browbeat the workers and the aviation advisor continuing to work despite having been restrained by the Supreme Court raise serious questions and falsify the claims to transform the national airline from a loss making state enterprise into a viable commercial entity,” Zardari said.
He also prayed for those killed and offered sincere condolences to the bereaved families.