Byline: AATIF KHAN - Islamabad
We, the retirees of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), who made it one of the best in the world, have been neglected. For example, after a seven-year struggle for an increase in pension, our pension was only bumped with a bit. Generally, it was supposed to be a 10 to 15 per cent increase equivalent to a few hundred rupees, despite the PIA management earlier agreeing to increase at least 35pc as first step during their meeting with a delegation of PIA Retired Employees Association (PIAREA). However, PIA retirees were surprised to know that only a minor amount was increased in their monthly pension.
It was surprising to note that the inflation created by the present federal government has particularly made the life of PIA retirees very difficult. It was sad to note that despite the long struggle of PIA of retirees, the national flag carrier's management is obviously not ready to give importance to the retirees' genuine demands.
I request the Prime Minister, the chief justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan and the PIA chief to intervene. Government employees are being paid a group insurance amount after their retirement. The PIA management should also be ordered to pay this to us. The management had agreed to double the amount of pension when they would complete 10 years of retirement, but sorry to say the PIA management has not fulfilled their promises.