PIA protest

Two PIA protesters die in clash with police, Rangers

KARACHI – The two protesting workers of Pakistan International Airline (PIA) killed during clash between Rangers and the police while marching towards Jinnah International Airport in Karachi.

Water canon were used to disperse the employees who are protesting against proposed privatisation of the PIA. Police and rangers resorted to baton charge and fired teargas shells after stone-pelting by infuriated workers, leaving dozens of them injured.

A large number of women protestors was also in the protest rally that was taken out a day after enforcement of Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) to ban workers’ protest.

A PIA worker – who was suffered a gunshot wound during the protest, later succumbed to his injury at a private hospital. The victim was identified as Inayat Raza, who was working at IT department of PIA. An empty shell of Sub Machine Gun (SMG) was found from the scene.

In a statement, the Rangers and the police spokespersons said that none of the personnel fired shots over protesters. Despite promulgation of the law, the workers of national flag carrier went ahead with their plan to bring countrywide flight operations to standstill today.

PIA workers’ union leader Nadeem Qaisar claimed that the airline employees who were protesting at Karachi airport were injured in firing by law-enforcing personnel.

PIA workers joint action committee head Sohail Baloch said that the employees will continue their protest till their demands are met.

Zardari, Bilawal condemn firing on PIA employees  

DUBAI: Former president Asif Ali Zardari and his son Pakistan People’s Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari have strongly condemned firing on protesting Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) workers in Karachi.

In a statement on Tuesday, Asif Ali Zardari demanded judicial investigation into the incident.

In a separate message, Bilawal condemned the use of brutal force against the protesting employees of PIA.

Bilawal Zardari

He asked Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to desist from adopting dictatorial tactics to silence democratic rights of protest of the PIA employees.

The PPP Chairman expressed sympathies and solidarity with the employees of national flag carrier and assured them that the PPP stands against the privatization of national assets for peanuts and stands with the just cause of the labour class in the country.

At least one person was killed and four others injured when police and Rangers personnel used water cannon, tear gas and rubber bullets against PIA protesting workers as they began to move towards the Jinnah International Airport in Karachi on Tuesday.

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