PIA’s US country manager post held in abeyance: SHC informed

KARACHI: Sindh High Court (SHC) was informed that posting of younger brother of a Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz senator Mushahidullah Khan to New York as PIA country manager was held in abeyance after the court’s restraining order.

This was informed by PIA director human resource, Syed Aijaz Mazhar, to a single bench comprising Justice Muhammad Shafi Siddiqui.

PIA director human resource was alleged to have flouted court’s interim order by issuing a letter to senator’s brother regarding release to join duty at New York on Jan 13.

Plaintiff Mansoor Ahmed Dillhu, a retired employee of the national flag carrier engaged with the PIA People’s Unity, a PIA employees union, had moved the SHC through a lawsuit against the posting of the senator’s brother to New York.

He submitted that Senator Mushahidullah’s brother was illegally granted a back-dated promotion in July 2013 to be effective from Jan 1, 2007. He said that defendant Rashidullah and his other family members were given such extraneous benefits because his brother Senator Mushahidullah was serving the ruling party.

The plaintiff submitted that the PIA illegally nominated Rashidullah to be posted at its New York office as country manager despite the fact that he did not meet the necessary requirements for a foreign posting.

The plaintiff prayed to the court to declare the posting of the senator’s brother as illegal and in violation of rules.

On Jan 9, the bench had suspended the operation of the notification regarding the posting of Rashidullah as country manager in New York.

Later, plaintiff moved a contempt of court application against the PIA chief, its director human resource, Aijaz Mazhar and its general manager for flouting the court’s order. He placed on record a letter issued to Rashidullah regarding release to join duty at New York on Jan 13, despite court interim order.

Earlier, the court had issued a contempt of court notice to the managing director and other officials of PIA. The court also directed the PIA HR director to appear in court along with relevant record on the next date.

In response to court notice, he appeared before the bench and stated that as soon as the court’s interim order was brought to knowledge of concerned authority, the order was implemented and Rashidullah was restrained from joining as PIA’s country manager at New York.

He denied allegations regarding posting of senator’s brother on political grounds and stated that competent authority ordered his posting according to relevant rules and regulations.

The bench took on record the statement of PIA’s HR director and directed plaintiff to filed rejoinder. Hearing of case was adjourned to February 18.

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