SC rejects PTCL petition in pensioners’ case


Islamabad—The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a petition filed by Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) against Islamabad High Court (IHC) order on payment of pension and other benefits to its employees according to government pay structure.
The five-member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali and comprising Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, Justice Amir Hani Muslim, Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan and Justice Mushir Alam heard the case and announced short verdict after lengthy hearing of the case.
Justice Amir Hani Muslim remarked that PTCL was a state institution but rights of employees were ignored after privatization of the organization.
The apex court also restored the previous status of the employees as they were enjoying before privatization.
Justice Mian Saqib Nisar remarked “If law gives rights to employees then it should be provided to them.” Salary is the basic component of the job but main point is provision of other facilities to employees, he added.
The IHC in its order directed the PTCL to pay pension and other facilities to its employees according to government pay structure.
The court announced short order while the detailed verdict would be announced later.—APP