Government Status of PTCL Employees Restored by Supreme Court – Jang News Report
Islamabad (Saturday, February 20, 2016) – yesterday was an historical day for the employees of Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited. Who were waiting for many years after the privatization of company. In 2006 PTCL WAS PRIVATIZED by former chief Marshal Law Administrator and President of Pakistan General retired Pervaiz Musharraf. But PTCL workers and pensioners was continuously denied their rights.
Larger bench constituted on 5 members, headed by Chief Justice Supreme Court Mr. Anwar Zaheer Jalami. yesterday Honorable court issued short order. while detail judgement will be issued later. PTCL management submitted appeal in supreme court against the historical judgement of Islamabad High Court. Yesterday Supreme court dismissed PTCL’s appeal and upheld the IHC orders.
Following Justices of Supreme Court took part in proceedings:-
CJ Anwar Zaheer Jamali
Justice Mian Saqib Nisar
Justice Ameer Hani Muslim
Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan
Justice Mushir Alam
Now PTCL Pensioners and Employees will hold the status of Government employees and pensioners as it were before the privatisation of PTCL.
Copy of orders is expected to receive on Monday, February 22, 2016.
TheNews Report Dated 20-2-2016
Justice Amir Hani Muslim says rulers don’t sell their own assets the way they sell state assets
Supreme Court (SC) on Friday upheld its earlier decision granting pension and other benefits to the retired employees of Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL). A five-member larger bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, dismissed review petitions of the company and Pakistan Telecommunication Employees Trust (PTET).
The court in its short order ruled that service rights of Telephone and Telegraph (T&T) were given full legal protection at the time of making a corporation as well as after privatising the company. During the course of arguments, counsels, representing the retired employees, contended that after privatising the company, its employees were no more as civil servants, however, at the time of making it as corporation, pension and other benefits of the retired employees were fully protected under Section 2.
Meanwhile, Attorney General Salman Aslan Butt while appearing before the court submitted that in 1991 when T&T was abolished and its employees were transferred to the PTCL, the rights of the employees were protected under Pakistan Telecommunication Corporation Act hence, he said, such category is entitled to get pension on retirement.
The AG said that those employees who were later on appointed under the Corporation Act, rules and regulations of the corporation will be applied on these employees. During the hearing Justice Amir Hani Muslim remarked that rulers do not sale out their own assets in such a manner as the state assets sell out. Later, the court upheld its earlier decision and dismissed the review petitions.