Islamabad High Court orders PTCL to pay pensioners at par with federal govt employees
Islamabad (Faisal Kamal Pasha / The News Lahore / Tuesday, March 18, 2014) – A division bench of Islamabad High Court (IHC), comprising Justice Riaz Ahmad Khan and Justice Noorul Haq N. Qureshi, directed the Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) on Monday to pay pensions to its 40,000 retired employees equal to those being received by the retired employees of the federal government.
The company had filed an intra-court appeal (ICA) against the decision of a single-member bench, comprising Chief Justice IHC Justice Muhammad Anwar Khan Kasi, who in April last year directed the company to increase the pension of its retired employees and bring it on a par with that of retired employees of the federal ministries and attached departments.
The IHC division bench dismissed the ICA of PTCL and upheld the judgment of Justice Kasi.The PTCL pensioners association through their representative M. H. Aslam adopted before the court that despite the fact that the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication and Law Ministry had already recommended an increase in the PTCL monthly pension but the PTCL management had not complied with the directives.
The petitioner prayed to the court to issued directions to the PTCL management to increase the pension of pensioners and pay them their arrears. Legal counsel for the PTCL Naeem Bokhari advocate opposed the increase and requested the court to set aside the judgment of single judge.