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PIA becomes Titanic, may sink
at any time: PM Advisor on Aviation Sardar Mehtab Abbasi' interview
KARACHI: [Voice of PIA Retirees' Report] PIA has become "Titanic" that may sink at any time. As an organization, PIA has merely Its "excellent performances" of the past and nothing else. Nevertheless, he would personally try to save the airlines. This was disclosed by the Advisor to Prime Minister on Aviation Sardar Mehtab Abbasi while talking to Radio Voice of America (VOA) Urdu as reported  on October 11, 2017.

Mr Abbasi further said PIA would discontinue its flights to New York after the expiry
of the current month as Airlines was suffering more than Rs 2 billion losses per year. It may be pointed out that PIA was currently operating two weekly flights from Lahore to New York via Manchester (UK).

Mr Abbasi further said PIA has suffered losses more than Rs 400 billion so far during the last 10 years whereas losses during 2016 were Rs 40 billion rupees.

While criticizing Open Sky Policy (originally introduced by ex-Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during his second tenure), Mr Abbasi pointed out this resulted in transferring of PIA passengers to Gulf Airlines that resulted in losses to PIA
(VOA Urdu 11.10.2017).

 
PIA's new management also using delay tactics not to enhance pension of retirees despite its promise
KARACHI: [Voice of PIA Retirees' Report] Despite PIA management has assured to the delegation of the PIA Retired Employees Association (PIAREA) from time to time to enhance the pension of PIA retirees, it seems PIA management is still unwilling to fulfill its promise in this regard on the pretext one or another.

Although sufficient time has already passed to the promise made by the PIA's newly appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO), the thousands of PIA retirees are still anxiously waiting for the increase in their meager pension amount as promised, that is insufficient even to pay their single normal home utility bill. It appears the new PIA management, like the previous ones, has forgotten its promise to enhance the pension of retirees.

New CEO, PIA asked to resolve problems of PIA retirees as promised during meeting with PIAREA delegation on September 20. Letter in The News

KARACHI: [Voice Of PIA Retirees' Report]: The leading English daily The News has printed letter to
the editor dated September 25, 2017 headlined: "Times are changing" by Mohammad Khan Sial
that reads as under:-

On Wednesday (Sept 20) the newly appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of PIA, Dr Musharraf Rasool, during his meeting with the delegation of the PIA Retired Employees Association (PIAREA) assured that the problems of PIA pensioners will be resolved soon.

On behalf of pensioners, I welcome the assurance given by the CEO and hope that better days will arrive soon. These retired officers have been suffering for the last more than 13 years. The current pension amount is insufficient. The pensioner cannot pay a single utility bill with this amount. It is hoped that the suffering of these pensioner will finally be alleviated.

Mohammad Khan Sial (Karachi)
https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/232368-Times-are-changing


New PIA to introduce new Lahore-Delhi flight, Air China increases flights between Islamabad & Beijing

KARACHI: [Voice Of PIA Retirees' Report]: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) will introduce a new weekly flight to India in its schedule in November, PIA Spokesperson Mashood Tajwar confirmed.

Speaking to Dawn.com, the spokesperson said that a flight from Lahore to Delhi will be introduced to the schedule next month, doubling the number of weekly flights from Pakistan to India. The number
of weekly flights to the neighbouring country was reduced to one in May when, owing to "purely commercial" reasons, the 
flight from Karachi to Mumbai was suspended (Dn 20171006).
Meanwhile, Air China has also increased flights between Islamabad & Beijing from 4 to 7 per week.


PIA's CEO assures PIAREA delegation to redress grievances of PIA retirees


KARACHI: [Voice Of PIA Retirees' Report]
: A delegation of PIA Retired Employees Association (PIAREA)  headed by Aslam Aasi (Founder & Chief Organizer) & Tahir Chiefy (President) met Dr Musharraf Rasool Cyan, newly appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO), PIA at Headoffice, Karachi Airport on Wednesday, September 20, 2017.

The members of PIAREA delegation, congratulated Dr Musharraf for his appointment as CEO  and apprised him of the grievances, PIA retired employees are facing since long. Nevertheless, the CEO assured PIAREA delegation to resolve grievances
of PIA retirees.

The PIAREA delegation comprised of Mohammad Aslam Aasi (Founder & Chief Organizer), Syed Tahir Hussain Chiefy (President), Shaukat Jamshed (Vice Chairman), Mohammad Yunus Kakakhel (Secretary General) & Chaudhry Mohammad Azam (Organizing Secretary).

New Thousands of PIA retirees are anxiously waiting
for increase in meagre pension amount: Letters in Dawn
KARACHI: [Voice Of PIA Retirees' Report]: The leading English daily Dawn has printed 2 letters to the editor dated September 10, 2017 headlined: "PIA Retirees" by Mohammad Khan Sial
& Hemayt Ali Khan, both read as under:-


THE PIA management recently assured a delegation of PIA Retired Employees Association (PIAREA) once again that it would soon fulfill their demand for pension increase.

Although sufficient time has already passed while thousands of PIA retirees are anxiously waiting for the increase in their meagre pension amount that is insufficient even to pay their single normal home utility bill. It appears the PIA management, like in the past, has forgotten its promise this time also.

On behalf of the PIA retirees, I suggest the PIA management to fulfil its promise to sanction an adequate amount at the earliest to provide relief to the retired employees.

Mohammad Khan Sial, Adviser on Public Relations, PIA Retired Employees Association,
Karachi
(Published in Dawn, September 10th, 2017).
https://www.dawn.com/news/1356686/pia-retirees
...............................
THERE are reports in the press that PIA has again decided to end all benefits applicable to its retirees. It is understood PIA wants to discontinue pension scheme and pay a lump
sum amount, closing the chapter for good.

PIA has also decided to discontinue the lifelong medical treatment now applicable to all retirees
and their spouses. The medical facility is also available to widows. The rebated travel facility available to the retirees and their spouses will be withdrawn. This is against the decision of the
joint session of Parliament in 2015. It was decided that If PIA was privatised, terminal benefits
of retirees will be retained and will not be withdrawn.

PIA rules provide that every time the salaries of serving employees are increased, the pension
will also be increased. Whereas serving employees are getting annual increases in their salaries
but no pension increase has been allowed to the retirees since April 2013. The retirees who
number approximately 17,000, are deprived of the increase in pension despite several meetings with the PIA executive and his solemn assurances that an increase will be approved at the next board meeting. For the last four years PIA pensions are frozen and no increase has been allowed.

The retirees draw the attention of the newly-appointed members of the PIA board of directors to kindly consider the plight of the widows, and the retirees and decide a substantial increase in pension. The board is requested to declare that terminal benefits will be retained and substantial pension increase will be approved. Hemayt Ally Khan, General Secretary, Society of Former PIA Officers, Karachi
 

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New PIA’s three weekly Bangkok-Karachi flights
KARACHI: [Voice of PIA Retirees' Report]: The Pakistan International Airlines’ first flight to Bangkok left from Karachi on Saturday morning (19.09.2017). The national flag carrier will use Airbus 320
for three weekly flights — Saturday, Monday and Thursday — from Jinnah International Airport Karachi to Bangkok.

Convenient connections have been made for passengers from other cities to board direct flights
to Bangkok. With this addition, Thailand has become the 50th destination, both domestic and international, on the national flag carrier’s network.

This is the second destination added to the PIA network within a week, the last being Najaf, which was added to its network on Thursday, says a statement
(Published in Dawn, September 17, 2017).

PIA serving employees do not get August salaries after passing half month
KARACHI: [Voice Of PIA Retirees' Report]: PIA's serving employees could not get their salaries for
the month of August after passing a period of half month.

A meeting of the General Council of the PIA Senior Staff Association (SASA) - an association of
officers has raised protest. General Secretary of SASA Safdar Anjum said that wrong policy of
the Govt. has ruined PIA. He demanded some qualified persons be appointed against Administrative posts for longer period in PIA in order to improve the situation (Jang, September 15, 2017).  
https://jang.com.pk/latest/375755-pia-financial-crisis-employees-could-not-be-paid-in-august


New PIA CEO instructed to submit revival plan by mid Oct
ISLAMABAD: The cabinet has tasked the new chief executive officer of Pakistan International
Airlines (PIA) with coming up with a business plan by mid-October for turning the national flag
carrier into a profit-making company, sources say.

CEO Dr Musharraf Rasool Cyan, who took charge this week, has a tough task ahead as he will strive to revive fortunes of the airline that has been facing losses persistently with liabilities swelling to around Rs350 billion. PIA also has to repay billions of rupees to banks to clear its debt. The cabinet set the task for the CEO in its meeting held on August 22
(Express tribune, Sept 10, 2017).

PIA pensioners facing numerous problems: The News
KARACHI: [Voice Of PIA Retirees' Report]: A leading English daily "The News" has printed letter
to the editor on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 by Mohammad Khan Sial which reads as under:
PIA pensioners
The News / August 29, 2017.

It is unfortunate that the relevant authorities have been ignoring the plight of PIA pensioners for the last 13 years. While performing their duties, the now retired employees of PIA worked tirelessly to turn the organisation into one of the best airlines of the world. However, after their retirement, these people are suffering in silence. These people have been requesting the PIA management for a sufficient increase in their amount of pension, but to no avail. Although previously the management vowed

Mohammad Khan Sial


to the pleas of pensioners, nothing constructive has been done to date. PIA pensioners are drawing meagre amount of monthly pension that cannot be utilised to pay a single utility bill. No increase has been made in PIA pension during the last 13 years. If the management approves an increase in the amount of pension, it will not have negative effects on PIA’s financial statements since a separate
‘PIA pension fund’ account is being maintained by the organisation. The same account also shows billion of rupees.

At the time of retirement, the PIA management had assured pensioners to restore 50 percent of commuted amount of pension to those who would complete 10 years after retirement, but PIA never implemented this clause. Back in 2003, PIA promised to increase the amount of pension whenever
there is an increase in employees’ salaries, but this was also not implemented. Whenever the federal government announces an increase in pension, PIA pensioners never got any benefit. PIA retired employees are entitled to get the payment of insurance amount, but they have not get full benefits
to date. The minimum amount of pension fixed by the federal government is not followed by the PIA management. It is time the authorities took notice of the plight of pensioners.

Mohammad Khan Sial (Karachi)
https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/226700-PIA-pensioners

New PIAREA's efforts to get enhanced PIA pensions continue
KARACHI: [Voice Of PIA Retirees' Report]: PIA Retired Employees Association (PIAREA) (Registered) has continued its efforts to get enhanced PIA pension, for the last many years. A delegation of PIAREA also met PIA management recently and tried to convince them to enhance PIA pension considerably as monthly amount being paid to PIA pensioner is insufficient to pay even single normal utility bill of a home. However, PIA Management,
once again, assured PIAREA delegation to enhance the pension soon.

It may be pointed out PIA's top management, despite their promises more than dozens
of times in the past, could not
so far fulfill it in this regard.

New PIA pensioners' plea: The News

KARACHI: [Voice Of PIA Retirees' Report]: A leading English daily "The News" has printed letter
to the editor on Sunday, August 06, 2017 by Mohammad Khan Sial which reads as under:

Pensioners’ pleas
THE NEWS / August 06, 2017

The plight of PIA pensioners often goes unnoticed. The pension amount received by them is quite
low. The amount is so low that it cannot be used to pay even a single utility bill. People don’t
believe that an organisation as big as PIA will be paying a meagre amount as pension. However,
this is the reality. Many retired employees of the airline are facing this issue.

Despite the long struggle of employees, the PIA management was unable to meet the demand of
the retired people. It is hoped that the management will take notice of the issue and increase the pension amount.

Mohammad Khan Sial, Karachi.

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/221709-Pensioners-pleas


PIA Management wants to dump
all its thousands of retirees!

Letter of Mohammad Khan Sial in leading English daily Dawn 

KARACHI: [Voice Of PIA Retirees' Report]: The leading English daily "DAWN" has printed letter
to the editor on Sunday, June 11, 2017 headlined: "PIA pensioners' plea" by Mohammad Khan Sial
which reads as under:

PIA Pensioners’ plea
DAWN / June 11, 2017

PIA pensioners were shocked to note that the PIA management is planning to get rid of all PIA pensioners (about 16,000) if it is privatised.

The parliament at its joint session had declared that no beneficiary of PIA would be deprived of his facilities if PIA is privatised.

The PIA board of directors has recently decided to dump all its 16,000 retirees by paying them
an undeclared package, thereby increasing their financial problems.

The PIA management should reconsider its decision.

Mohammad Khan Sial,
Public Relations Secretary, PIA Retired Employees Association
Karachi / Published in Dawn, June 11, 2017

https://www.dawn.com/news/1338783


New Dawn editorial: New CEO for PIA
New CEO for PIA
Dawn editorial / September 08, 2017

THE beleaguered state-owned airline may have a new chief executive officer after a gruelling search, but the problems remain the same. The airline’s top management has previously been shaken by resignations amidst messy attempts to prepare the airline for privatisation — something billed
as a search for a ‘strategic investor’ — and sackings in the face of allegations of corruption. The unceremonious departure of some in the management has cast a shadow on the new chief, and pulling the airline out from under this shadow will be his primary challenge.

The new chief himself is far too young and inexperienced to be a driver of any significant change, particularly considering that the energies of the top management are largely exhausted in dealing with the ailing carrier’s creditors. Couple this with the fact that with less than a year remaining
for its term to end, the government is pressing ahead with its plans to conduct a divestment of a substantial chunk of its shareholding, mostly to shore up reserves and the fiscal framework — undoubtedly, the new chief has his work cut out for him.

The first big plan for the airline’s future sank the fortunes of his predecessors, but perhaps the new chief can successfully navigate his way through to implementing plan B: the sale of shares. However, in order to lift the share price of the airline to any meaningful level, some sort of long-term prospect for its return to profitability will be required. Prospective investors are less likely to be impressed with the PIA road show, whenever it gets going, if all they can see is a beaming face at the top with all the dysfunctions intact beneath.

They will want to ask about the big plan to tackle the growing debt burden and mounting losses, as well as when an independent and professional management will be brought in. How will revenues be raised and costs curtailed? The new chief best start penning his answers to these queries now.

Published in Dawn, September 8, 2017
.
https://www.dawn.com/news/1356229/new-ceo-for-pia


Ousted PM Nawaz Sharif's who ironically appointed
personal friend Musharraf Rasool finally joined as CEO, PIA
KARACHI: [Voice Of PIA Retirees' Report] Former Prime Minister M. Nawaz Sharif has ironically appointed his personal friend Dr Musharraf Rasool Cyan as chief Executive Officer (CEO) PIA, has joined PIA on September 05, 2017.

On August 25, 2017, a meeting of Board of Directors (BoDs) , PIA held here that was presided over by Chairman, PIA Irfan Illahi in which approval for appointment of Musharraf Rasool as Chief Executive Officer, PIA accorded. However, he has later joined as CEO.

Meanwhile, leading Urdu daily Jang (July 22, 2017) had reported on its website that Musharraf Rasool was holding American nationality whereas he did not have any experience of Civil Aviation Business.

Earlier, Zia Qadir Qureshi was appointed as PIA's Chief Operating Officer (COP) whereas Bilal Munir Shaikh was appointed Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) having experience in mobile-phone company
(Ref. Dawn 06.07.2017 & Jang 22.07.2017).

Meanwhile, daily Express Tribune has reported (Sept 06, 2017) that Dr Musharraf Rasool Cyan, who was appointed as chief executive officer of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) ironically by former (ousted) Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, has formally joined the national carrier, according to an announcement made on Tuesday (05.07.2017).

New PIA direct flights to Bangkok, Najaf from Karachi 
KARACHI: The Pakistan International Airlines will operate three weekly flights from the metropolis
to Bangkok from Sept 16, PIA chairman Irfan Illahi said on Friday.

According to a PIA statement, the total number of destinations — both international and domestic —
on the national flag carrier’s network has increased to 50 now. The PIA chief said that passengers coming from other major cities would also be able to travel to Bangkok with convenient timings. He
said the airline would operate Airbus A320 aircraft for direct flights between Karachi and Bangkok.

Bangkok would be the second destination to be added to the PIA network in September as the airline already announced commencement of flights to Najaf in Iraq from Sept 14, the statement added
(Published in Dawn, August 26th, 2017).

New Undue delay in delivery of PIA pensions by various banks
PIA pension
Dawn / August 31, 2017

PAKISTAN International Airlines needs to improve its system of payment of pension. A cheque sent
by the PIA pension branch to the Habib Bank`s airport branch for onward delivery to various branches of different banks takes a lot of time. Usually, a cheque that leaves the pension branch on the 11th of every month is credited in my account at Askari Bank`s I-9 branch of Islamabad on the 24th of the same month. This is a long time.

I do understand official constraints and limitations, but I still request the PIA management and government high-ups to look into the matter and make it easy for pensioners.
Lt (r) Talat Mahmood, Rawalpindi
http://epaper.dawn.com/DetailNews.php?StoryText=31_08_2017_009_009


PIA pensioners facing "Ocean of difficulties": Column
by G.N.Mughal in leading Urdu daily Jang
(July 21, 2017)

پی آئی اے پیںشںرز کیلئے مشکلات کا سمںدر
جںگ ۲۱ جولائی ۲۰۱۷ میں جی این مغل کا کالم


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New Refund of PIA tickets - Please be careful
KARACHI: [Voice Of PIA Retirees' Report] All retired employees of PIA are hereby informed that
as per PIA Refund Cell, the required period to be allowed for refund of PIA tickets is only 14 months from the date of the issue of the tickets. After the expiry of the period, refund of PIA tickets will
not be allowed.

New Complaints against PIA Pension Cell, PIA HO, KHI
KARACHI: [Voice Of PIA Retirees' Report] Some complaints have received from PIA retired employees against PIA Pension Cell, PIA Head office, Karachi Airport (Phone No. 021- 99044228)
for not attending their calls generally.

However, in rare case. if they the attend the calls and they are obviously hesitant to provide required information to the PIA retired employees like undue delays in delivery of pensions etc. On the contrary, they are initially trying to discontinue the calls without giving required information,
as soon as possible. However, their attitude has remained indecent towards the callers who are also senior citizens.

New For PIA Retirees, completed 10-year period or more
KARACHI: [Voice Of PIA Retirees' Report] All those who completed 10 years or more of their retirement from PIA services, irrespective of their age limits, are hereby requested by PIAREA
to submitted their "Prescribed Forms" signed on by concerned retirees & also endorsement by
any PIA Officers or Grade 17 Govt. officers & submit to the Pension Department, PIA Head Office, Karachi Airport after EVERY 03 MONTHS declaring that "They are alive." Please also submit
photo-copies of PIA Retired Cards & CNICs along with required Forms. For further information,
please contact to PIA Pension Cell: (+9221) 99044228 OR PIAREA Office: (+9221) 99045646

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CEO, PIA violates his promise
twice to enhance
pension

KARACHI: [Voice Of PIA Retirees' Report] The chief Executive
of PIA (now ex-CEO who was German national) who had promised to enhance PIA Pensions after getting approval from the PIA Board of Directors in the month of December, 2016, had violated his promise twice.

The two meetings of the Board of Directors (BoD) were held in December, 2016 and January 2017 but strangely the matter of enhancing PIA pensions was not included in the Agenda of the both meetings (BoD) despite PIA's C.E.O's categorical promise.


Senate Committee on PIA, assures PIAREA delegation to resolve genuine grievances of PIA retired employees
KARACHI: [Voice Of PIA Retirees' Report] A delegation of PIA Retired Employees Association (PIAREA) (Registered) headed by its chairman Mr Tahir Chiefy met the members of the Senate Committee on PIA at PIA Head Office here recently and explained them numerous problems which PIA's retired employees are facing since long. They also drew their attentions to the unsuitable attitude of the PIA Management who seems unwilling to fulfill their promises.

The Senators agreed to genuine the problems of PIA retirees and assured them to strongly recommend their case to the PIA management to resolve their grievances at the earliest.
 

Grievances of PIA Retired employees through media
KARACHI: [Voice Of PIA Retirees' Report] Three leading English dailies Dawn , The Daily Times
& Pakistan Observer printed letters to the editors by Mohammad Khan Sial. First two letters were printed on on January 06, 2017 while third one on January 08, 2017 regarding PIA pensions, as under:-


PIA pensioners
Dawn/ Friday, January 06, 2017

MAJOR issues affecting PIA retirees have yet to be given priority and resolved, in particular, the
need to substantially increase pensions.

Such an increase would not affect PIA’s revenues, as the funds would come from the Pension Trust Fund.

A delegation from the PIA Retired Employees Association met PIA’s CEO recently to discuss these issues.

The CEO assured the delegation that these issues, particularly increasing pensions, would be addressed at the coming meeting of the PIA’s board of directors.

However, it was strange to note that this issue was not brought up at the meeting.

PIA’s circular No. 21/2003 states that PIA pensions are to be increased accordingly whenever employees’ salaries increase.

However, the management has failed to implement this. In the last 12 years, PIA’s first and last pension increase was made effective as of April 1, 2013.

The increase was utterly insufficient to live on, considering the already meagre amount pensioners receive.

PIA retirees should at once be given their legal rights, including adequate increase in their pensions, to face high inflation.


Mohammad Khan Sial
Public Relations Secretary, PIA Retired Employees Association Karachi

Published in Dawn, January 6, 2017
http://www.dawn.com/news/1306636/pia-pensioners

PIA pensioners' problems
The Daily Times / Friday, January 06, 2017

Sir: The major issues of the retired employees of the PIA that are yet to be resolved on a priority basis include substantial increase in pensions, payment of group insurance amount and restoration
of the 50 percent amount of commuted portion of pensions to those who have completed 10 years
of their retirement. Needless to mention, if PIA increases pensions substantially, it would not affect its revenues as that increase will come from the readily available Pension Trust Fund.

Meanwhile, a delegation of PIA Retired Employees Association (PIAREA) (Registered) met the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of PIA and discussed with him the genuine problems of retired PIA employees.

The CEO assured the delegation members to resolve their problems soon after getting approval in
the PIA Board of Directors meeting. However, it was strange to note the Board’s meeting held recently but the said case was not presented in the meeting despite CEO’s categorical promise.

During the last 12 years, PIA’s first and last increase in pensions was made effective from April 1, 2013. That was an insufficient increase considering the meagre amount of the pensions, which are
not enough to even pay a normal single utility bill of a family. PIA’s Circular No. 21/2003 dated
July 31, 2003 says whenever salaries of PIA employees are increased, the PIA pension would also
be increased accordingly but sorry to say PIA management did not implement its own Circular so far.

Further, the discrimination that retirees have faced and the way their lawful rights have been
denied to them by the airline’s management must change. PIA retirees should be given their legal rights on a priority basis, including sufficient increase in their meagre pensions to face high inflation, without further waste of time.

MOHAMMAD KHAN SIAL, Karachi
http://dailytimes.com.pk/letters/06-Jan-17/pia-pensioners-problems
NOTE: The Pakistan Observer also printed letter of Mr Sial on January 08, 2017 on the subject.


Take mercy on PIA's old men, letter in Pak Observer
KARACHI: [Voice Of PIA Retirees' Report] A leading English daily Pakistan Observer has printed
letter to the editor on December 11, 2015 which reads as under:-

Mohammad Khan Sial
Friday, December 11, 2015 - The old men of PIA (Retired employees) who due to their hectic
and untiring efforts made PIA one of the best airlines of the world in the past, are presently facing financial difficulties after their retirement due to meagre amount of their monthly pension
that is insufficient to pay even monthly utility bills of their houses.

The various delegations of PIA Retired Employees Association (PIAREA) (Registered) met various Chairmen / Managing Directors of PIA from time to time requesting them to  enhance pension and that it would not be a burden on PIA because pension would be made from PIA Pension Trust Fund. Sorry to say no Chairman / Managing Director has fulfilled his promise to resolve problems of PIA’s retired employees.

The main issues of the PIA Retired employees include substantial increase in pensions, payment of group insurance amount on maturity and restoration of the 50 per cent commuted amount
of pensions to those who have completed 10 years of their retirements and to ensure minimum pension already fixed by the government.

On behalf of PIA Retired employees, I once again appeal to Chairman / Managing Director, PIA to enhance pension of retired employees substantially and take personal interest to resolve their other genuine problems also.— Karachi


Take Mercy on Pensioners [PIA]
KARACHI: December 06, 2015 [Voice Of PIA Retirees' Report] A leading English daily Daily Times
has printed a letter to the editor by Mohammad Khan Sial, Karachi dated December 06, 2015 headlined: Take mercy on pensioners". The letters reads as under:-

Sir: The retired employees of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), who due to their hectic and untiring efforts made PIA one of the best airlines of the world in the past, are presently facing financial difficulties after their retirement due to meagre amount of their monthly pension that is insufficient to pay even monthly utility bills of their house.

A number of delegations of the PIA Retired Employees Association (PIAREA) (Registered) met
various chairmen/managing directors of PIA from time to time requesting them to enhance
sufficient amount in their pension as it would be not a burden on PIA because pension would be
made from the PIA Pension Trust Fund. Sorry to say that no chairman/ managing director has
fulfilled his promise to resolve the problems of PIA retired employees.

The main issues of retired employees include; a substantial increase in pensions, payment of
group insurance amount on maturity and restoration of the 50 percent commuted amount of
pensions to those who have completed 10 years of their retirements in addition to ensuring
minimum pension already fixed by the government.

On behalf of PIA retired employees, I once again appeal to the incumbent chairman/managing
director of PIA to enhance pension of retired employees and take personal interest to resolve their other genuine problems.

MOHAMMAD KHAN SIAL,
Karachi


PIA Pensioners' appeal: Letter in Dawn
KARACHI: [Voice of PIA Retirees Report] A leading English daily Dawn has printed Letter to the
editor headlined: PIA Pensioners' appeal dated December 04, 2015 by Mohammad Khan Sial. The
letter read as under:

PIA pensioners’ appeal
DAWN, Dec 04, 2015

PIA’s retired employees who had through their untiring efforts made PIA one of the best airlines
of the world in the past are now facing financial difficulties after their retirement because of the meagre amount of their monthly pension, which is insufficient to pay even a monthly utility bill of
their house.

The various delegations of PIA Retired Employees Association (PIAREA) met various chairmen / managing  directors of PIA from time to time, requesting them to raise adequately the PIA pension amount which would be not burden on PIA because pension would be made from the PIA Pension Trust Fund, separately.

It is unfortunate that no chairman/managing director has fulfilled his promise to resolve the
problem of retired PIA employees.

The main issues of PIA’s retired employees include a substantial increase in pensions, payment
of group insurance amount on maturity and restoration of the 50pc commuted amount of pensions
to those who have completed 10 years of their retirement in addition to ensuring the minimum pension already fixed by the government.

On behalf of PIA retired employees, I once again appeal to the PIA chairman/managing director
to increase the pension of retired employees sufficiently and take personal interest to resolve
their other genuine problems also.

Mohammad Khan Sial, Karachi
Published in Dawn, December 4th, 2015
http://www.dawn.com/news/1224091/pia-pensioners-appeal

Despite PIA's Chairman's promise, Retired employees'
problems after passing 08 months, are still unresolved

KARACHI: [Voice of PIA Retirees Report] A delegation of PIA Retired Employees Association
(PIAREA) (Registered) comprising of Tahir Hasan Chiefy (President), Lateef Siddiqui (Senior Voice President), Yunus Kaka-Khail (General Secretary), Chaudhry Mohammad Azam (Organizing Secretary) & Aslam Aasi (Founder & Chief Organizor) headed by Zulfikar Ali, Chairman, PIAREA called on Chairman, PIAC Nasir S Jaffer at PIA Head Office, Karachi. Director HR Rasheed Ahmed was also present on the occasion.

The members of the delegation congratulated the Chairman, PIA on his new assignment and
offered him of their full support for the benefit of the national carrier. The delegation apprised
Chairman of numerous problems / difficulties, the PIA Retired Employees are facing since long.
They suggested to rationalize the pension of Retired Employees. They also stated governmental organizations are paying at least Rs 6000/- pension per month whereas in PIA, any Retired Officer generally draws only Rs 4000 - 5000  pension per month.

They also pointed out if pension of Retired Employees is increased considerably, it would not financially affect PIA as it would be paid from PIA Pension Trust Fund that works separately.

The members of the delegation also demanded resolving genuine issues of Commuted Pension, accelerating work on PIA Foundation, returning of income tax amount already deducted from
those who had voluntarily adopted Golden Handshake offered to them. refunding of Group Insurance, extending medical facilities to children & parents of retirees, allowing to issue PIA tickets in emergency, withdrawing
recently imposed Federal Excise Duty / Tax besides already applicable Airport Tax on Retirees' tickets, constructing Medical Centre etc.,

The Chairman listened the problems of the retirees patiently and assured the delegation members
to take steps whatsoever possible for their benefits. He also directed Director HR, Rashid Ahmed
to prepare valid & solid proposals for the benefits of Retired Employees by giving priority to the pension issue.

The Voice Of PIA Retirees (VoPR) have noted that a period of more than 8 months have so far
passed but the Retired Employees of PIA are still waiting to get resolved their genuine problems
by PIA Management, as promised by the Chairman 8 months ago. They have once again, appealed
to Chairman, PIAC to personally intervene into the matter and ensure that PIA's Retired Employees' problems / grievances are resolved on priority basis.

Problems of PIA Pensioners, Letter of Mohammad Khan Sial
printed in Daily Jehan Pakistan dated November 02, 2015

                     

              Looking after your pensioners [PIA]
KARACHI: A leading English daily "The Daily Times" has printed letter to the editor by Mohammad Khan Sial headlined: Looking after your pensioners"
dated August 26, 2015.

The Letter reads
as under:-

Sir: On behalf of PIA’s retired employees, I would like to draw the attention of the federal government as well as PIA’s board of directors towards the outstanding issues faced by
PIA’s retired employees. Despite repeated efforts, no one seems ready to help them. If PIA’s management increases the prevailing meagre amount of pensions substantially, it would not affect PIA’s revenues as it would be increased from the readily available pension trust fund. Therefore, there seems to be no justification for using delaying tactics in the increase of pensions. Nonetheless, the policy of denying retired employees their legal rights on the part
of the PIA management should now be abandoned. It may be pointed out that the increase
in pensions of PIA retirees/widows was granted only once during the past 10 years, which
was still insufficient in view of the meagre amount of the original pensions, which is not enough to even pay a single utility bill for a family.

 

The main issues of PIA’s retired employees include increase in pensions, payment of group insurance amount on maturity and restoration of the 50 percent commuted amount of pensions to those who have completed 10 years of their retirement in addition to ensuring
the payment of minimum pension already fixed by the government.

 

MOHAMMAD KHAN SIAL, Via Email
http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/letters/26-Aug-2015/looking-after-your-pensioners

PIAREA continuously fighting for restoration of rights
of PIA retired employees for the last many years

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Can you add to the list? This is part of my small efforts to prepare a
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Phone Nos. 
PIA Pension Cell &
PIAREA
office
 


Phone No. PIA Pension Cell at Head Office, Karachi is: 0092-21-99044228 (Direct) OR PIA Telephone Exchange No. 0091-21-990440000 Ext. 44228.

PIAREA (PIA Retired Employees Association) (Registered), PIA Head Office Near Store & Purchase Dept. Bldg. Karachi Airport.

Phone Nos. of PIAREA: 0092-21-99045646 (Direct) OR
PIA Telephone Exchange No. 0091-21-990440000 Ext. 45646
 


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Also please send us reports / photographs of your activities for inclusion in this website regularly. We welcome suggestions to improve our website. If like, you may use on-line Performa given on "Contact" Page.

Please pass on address of this website to your PIA colleagues - Retirees as well as Serving employees for visiting us regularly. 
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PIA management must resolve long outstanding
problems of PIA Retired employees 

KARACHI: March 24, 2014: leading English dailies of Pakistan have recently printed letters to the editors written by Mohammad Khan Sial highlighting various problems of PIA retirees. The letters
read as under:

 The retired of PIA
The News / Monday, March 24, 2014 

The outstanding issues of PIA's retired employees include pensions, payment of group
insurance amounts and restoration of the 50 percent commuted amount of pension to those who have completed 10 years of their retirement. Needless to mention here that if PIA increased
pensions substantially, it would not affect PIA revenues as it would be increased from the readily available Pension Trust Fund.


The policy of denying the retired employees of PIA their legal rights on the part of the PIA
management should now be changed.
 


Mohammad Khan Sial, 
Karachi 
http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-11-239879-The-retired-of-PIA

 Problems facing PIA retirees
The Express Tribune / Saturday, March 22, 2014

KARACHI: The outstanding issues of PIA’s retired employees, with special emphasis on a substantial increase in pensions, payment of group insurance amount on maturity and restoration of the 50 per cent commuted amount of pensions to those who have completed 10 years of their retirement,
are major issues of the retired employees of the national carrier that are yet to be resolved on
a priority basis. Needless to mention, if PIA increases pensions substantially, it would not affect its revenues as that increase will come from the readily available Pension Trust Fund.

PIA’s last increase in pensions was effective from April 1, 2013. That was an insufficient increase considering the meagre amounts of the pensions, which are not enough to even pay a single utility
bill of a family. 

Earlier, increase in pensions of PIA retirees/widows was granted only once during the past 
10 years. Further, the discrimination that retirees have faced and the way their lawful rights 
have been denied to them by the airline’s management must change. PIA retirees should be given their legal rights on a priority basis, including a handsome increase in their pensions without further waste of time.

Mohammad Khan Sial
Published in The Express Tribune, March 22nd, 2014.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/685643/problems-facing-pia-retirees/


 
Issues of PIA retirees  
The Pakistan Observer / Sunday, March 23, 2014.

Mohammad Khan Sial 
Sunday, March 23, 2014 - The outstanding issues of PIA’s retired employees with special emphasis
on substantial increase on pension, payment of
 
Group Insurance
 amount on the maturity and restoration of the 50 per cent commuted amount of pension to those who have completed 10 years of their retirement, are major issues of retired employees of PIA and need to be resolved on priority basis.

Needless to mention here if PIA increases pension substantially, it would not affect PIA revenues
as it would be disbursed from readily available Pension
 
Trust Fund.
 
Nevertheless, PIA had increased pension last time effective from April 01, 2013; it was an
insufficient increase in prevailing meagre amount of pension that is not sufficient even to pay single
 
utility bill
 of a home. Earlier, increase in the pension of PIA retirees / widows was granted
only once during past 10 years.

 
Further, the attitude of discrimination and of denying the lawful rights of the retired employees of
PIA on part of PIA management should be changed by now and PIA
 
Retirees should be given their legal rights on priority basis including handsome increase in PIA pension
 without further wastage
of time. 
—Karachi 
http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=237114

 

Injustices to PIA retirees continue
 
KARACHI: [Voice Of PIA Retirees' Report] Dawn has printed letter to the editor headlined
as
"PIA retirees' plea" dated February 04, 2017 that reads as under:

"I WOULD like to draw the government’s attention towards the injustice to PIA’s retirees. The national airline gives its employees 32pc of their salary as pension, but the formula was calculated
on their basic pays. This is unjust. All other governmental organisations give their retired employees 50pc of their salaries as pensions.

This was also in practice at Pakistan International Airlines till the end of 2003. Now, the management should review the issue.

The retirees have been demanding for a long time that the airline should either give them 50pc pension on the basic pay or relate the 32pc pension to their total salaries.

There was only a one-time increase in pensions and that was in 2013. Also, the management should increase the retirees’ pension according to its circular No 21 issued on July 21, 2003.

The circular clearly mentioned as follows: “In future revision or suitable increase in pension shall
be linked with salary revision of serving employees.”

Last July the airline increased the salaries of its employees twice, but no increase in pensions was made. The management should increase the pensions with the same ratio." BA, Karachi.

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PIA Pension Card Form

* Option of getting Pension through Corporate Cheque is also available.
* Below is the Request Form for opting disbursement of Pension through any one of available
options i.e. PIA Pension Card or Corporate Cheque).
* All concerned are requested to please download print, fill up this form and send it to PIA Manager Pension urgently along with required info / documents for prompt disbursement of your pension OR PIAREA, PIA Head Office, Karachi Airport.

PAKISTAN INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES

MANAGER – PIA PENSION                                                                                       DATE_________________
PIA – HEAD OFFICE, KARACHI.

REQUEST FOR DISBURSEMENT OF PENSION THROUGH PIA PENSION CARD / CORPORATE CHEQUE
I, ______________________________________, P. NO.___________,
(Self/Widow/Widower/beneficiary) hereby opt following way for disbursement of
my monthly pension.
PIA Pension Card OR Corporate Cheque to my account
My particulars are as under:-
1. P. NO. _________________________________________________
2. Full Name _________________________________________________
3. Date of Birth _________________________________________________
4. CNIC No _________________________________________________
5. CNIC Expiry date ______________________________________________
6. Full Residential Address ________________________________________
7. Mobile/ Phone No _____________________________________________
8. Email Address _________________________________________________
9. Bank Name ___________________________________________________
10. Bank Branch Name _____________________________________________
11. Full Conventional Bank Account No _______________________________
Copies of my valid CNIC /  PIA retirement card are attached herewith.

_________________________
Signature
(Pensioner/Widow/Widower/Other beneficiary)
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