SC decision on PTCL pensioners

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Javaid Bashir

Justice Amir Hani Muslim remarked that, “ If PTCL was someone’ s personal organisation then he would not have sold it. The government sells Public organizations whenever it likes. The three Judges bench headed by the Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali dismissed the PTCL Review Petition against the decision of Islamabad High Court. The Court ordered the restoration of pension and other benefits of workers to pre-privatisation terms of employment.
The Chief Justice showed his concern over the Privatisation of public organisation and fate of its employees. Anwar Khalid Senior Advocate appeared and argued the PTCL case. After hearing both the sides the court ordered the dismissal of the petition restoring the benefits of the employees prior to privatisation of the PTCL. I think it is the right decision and must be lauded.
Chief Justice raised the question, what will happen to employees of pubic corporations if the government carries on its policy of privatisation at will. He has raised a pertinent question that concerns the government employees. In the light of this decision & remarks of the learned Judges the government should revise its policy of selling Public assets.
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