KARACHI - The employees of Pakistan International Airline (PIA) continue their protest at all the airports across Pakistan but on Tuesday, three employees have been shot dead and more than two dozen injured from straight fire.

In a statement issued from the PPP Media Cell Sindh, PPP Karachi Division president Najmi Alam, General Secretary Nadeem Bhutto, Secretary Information Lateef Mughal and Deputy Information Secretary Manzoor Abbas said this was a planned conspiracy to destroy peace and tranquility of Karachi.

They said the elements behind this fresh killing of PIA employees in Karachi were those on whose instructions, many protesters were killed and hundreds of injured in Model Town Lahore carnage. Aggressive statements of two federal ministers including Senator Mushahidullah Khan and Pervez Rasheed are on record as they used highly aggressive language against the peaceful protesters of PIA against the privatisation of the national flag carrier.

They said since airports were the federal government’s entity hence, the security of all airports was a federal government’s obligation which was a clear proof that killings of the PIA employees and injuring dozens was also carried on the federal government’s instructions.

They said the cameras of news channels had recorded everything that happened at Karachi airport as was previously recorded at Model Town, Lahore where law enforcement agency killed dozens and injured hundreds of peaceful protesters. On the basis of this record, the Chief Justice of Pakistan should take suo moto and announce formation of a Judicial Commission to determine the responsible for the killings at Karachi airport. They said the PML-N had now crossed all limits of tyranny and it was now need of the hour that ruthless accountability of the party should be conducted.

JOURNALISTS LEAVE SA OVER

TORTURE DURING PIA PROTEST

The media personnel left the ongoing session of Sindh Assembly over torture on reporters and media staffers during the protest of PIA workers on Tuesday.

They chanted slogans after gathering at the assembly’s stairs. The political parties’ representatives also expressed solidarity with them. Media person Agha Rafique sustained severe wounds. The injured were shifted to the hospital for medical assistance. Meanwhile, Muttahida Qaumi Movement leader Faisal Sabzwari, senior minister Nisar Ahmed Khuhro and M Hussain pledged support to the media and demanded stern action against the culprits.

Earlier, two workers of PIA succumbed to wounds after law enforcers allegedly opened fire to deter protesters’ movement towards Jinnah terminal. Sindh Police used water cannon to stop the protesting employees who were heading towards the Jinnah International Airport from the head office. Rangers resorted to baton charge. The law enforcers have been alleged of opening fire that claimed three lives and injured several others.

PM ASKED TO SHUN

‘DICTATORIAL TACTICS’

Condemning the use of ‘brutal force’ against the protesting employees of PIA which resulted in the killing of two employees, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, chairman Pakistan People’s Party, on Tuesday urged Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to shun the dictatorial attitude towards the innocent masses.

“Bilawal asked Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to desist from adopting dictatorial tactics to silence the democratic rights of protest of PIA employees,” PPP’s media cell wrote on its official Twitter account.

His statement came a few hours after the protesting workers of PIA clashed with the Rangers and the police when they were marching towards the Jinnah International airport.

He also expressed sympathy and solidarity with the employees of the national flag carrier and assured them that the PPP stands against the privatisation of national assets for peanuts and stands with the just cause of labour class in the country.

He assured the protesters that the PPP stands against the privatisation of national assets and shoulders the just cause of labour class in the country.

A large number of employees under the banner of Joint Action Committee staged protest in front of the Jinnah Terminal in Karachi. Situation turned intense when the law enforcement personnel fired rubber bullets, tear gas shells and used water cannon to disperse the agitated protestors.