SC orders PIA to submit plea against regularisation of contract employees

The Supreme Court on Monday ordered the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) to submit a plea seeking withdrawal of another SC decision on regularisation of contract employees in Karachi.

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A three-member bench of the top court headed by Justice Azmat Saeed was hearing multiple petitions regarding the national flag carrier.

During the hearing, PIA counsel Naeem Bukhari sought permission for recruitment in the airline. The apex court on March 31, 2018, had placed a ban on new recruitment in the airline.

The counsel argued that the SC’s Karachi registry had ordered the PIA administration to regularise all the national flag carrier’s contract employees in Karachi. He asserted that the top court’s earlier order on ban on recruitment prevented the airline from executing its latter order to regularise the employees.

Justice Ijazul Ahsan remarked that the PIA had already inducted many more employees than it requires, while Justice Saeed asked why the PIA counsel didn’t inform the bench in Karachi about apex court’s earlier order regarding the ban on fresh employees.

Justice Saeed asked the counsel to submit a plea against the SC’s order on regularisation of employees and said that it was not possible that a court would issue two contradictory orders.

He also instructed the airline to take action on its 10-year audit report, remarking, “Its time for the PIA to take its own responsibility,” before adjourning the hearing of the case for an indefinite period.

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