KARACHI - The All Parties Conference (APC) of political and religious parties, trade unions and PIA employees’ action committee termed the proposed privatisation of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM) and other institutions against the interest of Pakistan.

The APC demanded the government to bring reforms in the organisations, instead of pursuing the agenda of privatisation on the behest of international monitory institutions.

The APC was held on Sunday at the Jamaat-e-Islami Karachi headquarters Idara Noor-e-Haq.

In his presidential address, JI Karachi chief Engineer Hafiz Naeemur Rehman said the issue of PIA’s privatisation was a concern of the entire nation. He said the agenda of privatisation was against the interest of Pakistan as the policy was resulted in flight of capital from the hands of people to the international capitalist institutions. He said so far, some half a million people had become jobless due to this privatisation policy, being pursued with full force by the current ruling regime. The JI leader stressed the need of eliminating corruption from the national institutions for their survival.

Criticising the present government, he said the rulers should condole with the heirs of those laid down their lives in protest against the anti-state policy of privatisations. He said if the rulers can start dialogue with the terrorist regime of Narendra Modi than why they cannot take the PIA employees on board before the loss of precious lives of PIA employees.

He said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif need to soften his tone and bring reforms in PIA instead of bashing his own citizens. He further said the JI was ready to play its due role in this regard.

Speaking on the occasion, PIA’s Captain Sohail Baloch said the prime minister was being misguided. He said the government should look into the matter carefully and realise the problem instead of making it an issue of personal  ego and grudge. He said four of the PIA employees had been forcefully missed. He demanded the government to release them immediately. He vowed not to back down before the cruelty and usage of excessive force by the government. He was of the view that people and employees of the PIA are the stakeholders of PIA who are being beaten up by the government.

PPP’s Najmi Aalam said his party always opposes the privatisation. He said the behaviour of the government towards the protest of the employees was quite inappropriate. He stressed the need of dialogue on the issue and warned that usage of force would further worsen the situation.

PML-Nawaz’s Khawaja Tariq Nazir demanded the government to ensure a transparent probe into the incident of brutal murder of PIA employees in broad daylight. Qari Usman of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam demanded the government to take some serious steps to resolve the issue. He asked the PML-N government to take some lessons from the mistakes they made in past. Siddique Rathor of Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan said the auction of national institutions in the name of privatisation was unacceptable.

Qazi Ahmed Noorani, Latif Mughal, Habib Junaidi, Zafar Khan, Liaquat Sahi, Shafiq Ghauri, Bisharat Mirza, Nadeem, Naeem Qureshi, Al-Haj Rafi and others also expressed their views on the occasion. They termed the privatisation a kind of financial terrorism.