Sindh Chief Minister announces Rs2 million compensation for each one died in firing

Karachi, February 02, 2016 (PPI-OT): Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah expressing deep grief and sorrow over the loss of two valuable lives in firing on the workers of PIA Joint Action Committee has announced Rs 2 million compensation for each one and Rs.200,000 for each injured and also ordered to shift two critically injured to Aga Khan for better treatment.

This he said while talking to a delegation of PIA Joint Action Committee led by Suhail Baloch whom he called here at CM House for dialogue so that air operation could be continued smoothly. The members of the action committee narrated the incident of firing in which two of their workers died and a number of others sustained injuries. They said two of the injured were in critical condition.

Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah said that PIA was a national institution. “Being its workers and life line the employees have to play their due role,” he said and added that their sit in was disturbing the smooth flow of traffic and caused hardships for the travellers to reach Jinnah Terminal. “This is not good for our country, its reputation and its economy,” he said.

He said that he had felt deep shock over the firing incident which claimed two precious lives and inured some of their workers. “I am giving Rs2 million compensation for each dead and Rs200,000 for each injured,” he announced. On this the Joint Action committee thanked the chief minister his personal support and said that their tow of the injured workers were in critical condition in Jinnah hospital. On this the chief minister ordered to shift them to Aga Khan and the expenses of their treatment would be borne by Sindh government.

Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah said that he was ready to take up their point of view with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. “He is kind enough and I am sure he would redress your genuine grievances,” he said and added that the sit ins and protest were prone to create law and order situation in this city which has seen normalcy after long period of disturbances.

The Joint committee members said that they were ready to talk to Federal Minister Khwaja Saad Rafiq, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and Speaker Ayaz Sadiq. They are reasonable and have a key to settle the issue. The chief minister tried to contacted Ishaq Dar but could not because he was out of country. Then he gave his message to Khwaja Saad Rafiq for Prime Minister. Khwaja Saad Rafiq assured the chief minister to give his message to prime minister and would also try his best to settle the issue.

He also said that our Law Enforcement agencies were working for the security of each and every citizen, therefore it would not be fair to protest along with dead bodies in front of their office. On the insistence of the chief minister the action committee assured the chief minister that they would not bring out the bodies for protest.

They told the chief minister that their three workers, Hidayatullah, Farooq and Dr Imran have been taken into custody. The chief minister directed the home secretary to talk to the concerned authorities for their release. The meeting was attended by Chief Secretary Siddique Memon, Principal Secretary Alamuddin Bullo, Home Secretary Mohammad Waseem, Commissioner Karachi Asif Haider Shah and DIG East Mr Kamran.

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