Friday, October 2, 2009

Cheif Justice of Pakistan suo motu notice of Govt. plan to sell PTCL assets

Pin It ISLAMABAD : Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Thursday took

suo motu notice of government's plan to sell valuable assets of PTCL to Etisalat at "throw-away" prices. Chaudhry Muhammad Rashid, a resident of Rawalpindi, has filed an application, stating that Privatisation Commission has issued a declaration in which it is said that agreements were expected between Etisalat, Punjab and Sindh governments for the transfer of PTCL land in the name of Etisalat.

It has been argued that the PTCL has Satellite Earth Station, Telephone Exchange and Staff Colonies at Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad and machinery the value of which should have been assessed first. The Chief Justice has asked Privatisation Commission of Pakistan to file comments on the application for his perusal and further orders.

The CJ also took suo motu notice of an application filed by a Chowkidar in Education Department of District Sanghar. The petitioner has stated that his duty hours from 01:00 pm to 08:00 am (nineteen hours) but he is receiving a monthly salary of Rs 3643/ only, and also not availing the holidays and days-off on Sundays.

Muhammad Ramzan, a resident of District Sanghar, has prayed that his salary may be increased minimum to Rs 9000 per month. The Chief Justice has directed the Secretary Education Sindh to explain within two weeks as to why minimum salary is not being paid to the applicant.

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