Govt should hold talks with PIA employees to resolve standoff: Imran Khan

KARACHI: Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan has demanded of the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif led federal government to hold dialogue with protesting employees of Pakistan International Airline (PIA) to end the prevailing crisis by alleviating their grievances.

He was talking to newsmen during his visit to PIA Headquarters in Karachi on Saturday to express solidarity with protesting employees of the national flag carrier.

Imran Khan urged the government to hold serious negotiations with the protesters to end the standoff that has added to the miseries of passengers.

The chairman PTI chairman also asked the government to repeal the controversial Essential Services Act of 1952, a bone of contention between the government and the PIA employees.

“Employees see privatization as a threat to future of their children, but rulers are unable to understand because they grew up in the lap of a dictator,” he said.

Condemning the killing of two PIA employees in a firing incident, he urged the government to set up a judicial commission to probe the matter.

He called on the government to immediately resume talks with the protesters who are willing to come to negotiating table.

Imran Khan assured the PIA employees that he would stand by them.

Earlier speaking at the protest, head of Joint Action Committee (JAC) Sohail Balcoh applauded PTI chief for his support.

“We do not want to politicize our movement, but we want the government to pay heed to our demands,” he said, asking all the political parties to back the protesting employees.

He said PML-N leader Muhammad Zubair held talks with JAC without any mandate and termed it as useless practice.

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