Supreme Court ordered PTCL to release pension of his ex-employees (retired employees):
ISLAMABAD (July 22, 2011) : Supreme Court on Friday ordered Pakistan Telecommunication Company (PTCL) to release pension and medical benefits of its former employees within a week.
A two-member bench comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry and Justice Ghulam Rabbani had taken up the petition of Sheraz Ahmed, a senior technical officer, along with four other employees against a recent judgment of Islamabad High Court (IHC).
Representing the former employees, Advocate Kowkab Iqbal argued that under section 11 of the Pension Act 1871, pension of an employee cannot be stopped under any circumstances or against any claim of the employer.
He added that the PTCL management has stopped pension of petitioners on the plea that they had not vacated their residential quarters after retirement. He argued that his clients vacated the residences even before the IHC judgment had rejected their case.
The counsel said the PTCL management had not released their pension and medical facilities even after they had vacated their residences.The apex court had converted the petition into an appeal.
(Published in Daily Dawn on July 23, 2011)