Saturday, September 12, 2009

Not any indian national working in Pakistan with etisalat..PTCL

Pin It Mehtab Haider,Islamabad No Indian national is working in Pakistan with Etisalat in order to give advice to the PTCL for improving its operation.

“Almost 30 foreigners are working in Pakistan on the Etisalat strength, who are responsible to advise the PTCL, but none of them is an Indian national,” PTCL’s Senior Executive Vice President of Human Resource Syed Mazhar Hussain, told reporters at a press briefing here on Thursday.

The main objective of holding this press briefing was to explain the PTCL management’s version on the recent protests, conducted by an employees Union. The PTCL management has termed the activities of Staff Line Union as an effort to get political mileage before the upcoming referendum that will be held after Eid.

Accompanied by Executive Vice President of Communication and Corporate Ali Qadir Gilani on this occasion, the HR SEVP said that foreign nationals working for the improvement of the PTCL are from the UAE, Sri Lanka and the Sudan. However, some of them belonged to Pakistan as they were working with Etisalat for last several years, he added.

Answering a query, he said that the Board of Directors of PTCL approved 20 per cent raise in the basic salary for grade 1 to 16 employees while 15 per cent raise was granted to officers. He said that the PTCL also granted bonus with minimum provision of Rs7,500 before Eid in order to give relief to employees.

When he was asked about delays in paying instalments by the Etisalat in shape of privatization of the PTCL to the government of Pakistan, he said that this question should be asked by the Privatisation Commission, and PTCL management had nothing to say anything on this issue.

Answering a query about reduced profits of the PTCL after privatization, he said that although the profits reduced, but the market analysis showed that the call rate stood at Rs48 per minute from Lahore to Karachi which now nosedived to 60 paisas, resulting into scaling down of profits.

But he claimed that the profit earned by the PTCL was much more than the collective earning of 60 to 70 players of the telecom sector, including the cellular companies.

He clarified that the PTCL management did not strike any deal with the protesting employees as they were trying to get “political mileage” for the upcoming referendum, which is going to take place after Eidul Fitr.

He said that the PTCL management had taken decision not to bow down before any effort to get blackmailed from any anyone. To another query, he said the PTCL gave its consent in the court for granting bail to those who were arrested by the police when these protestors tried to block network operation system as well as data centre where the bill software was installed.


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