The eight day long protest by the workers of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has been called off by the Joint Action Committee which has asked its members to continue with flights. JAC chairman Sohail Baloch announced this while addressing a press conference this evening.

Sohail Baloch said, “We are ending the strike after negotiating with government. We are going to Lahore for talks with CM Shahbaz Sharif tomorrow. The workers must start flight operation with full cooperation with government and costumers,” he appealed to the workers.

"A kind friend advised us to call off the strike," he said. He added that the committee had been given adequate assurance on the matter and that the airline would be revived as a national airline. He stated that this revival would be done within a year’s time.

Partial resumption of the airline’s services had been resumed on Monday while the head offices in Karachi and Islamabad also reopened while several flights flew to their destinations.

The PIA workers’ union was on a strike against the privatization of the organization. During a protest in Karachi, two PIA workers were killed by unidentified persons three days ago. PIA workers and government had been at loggerheads over the privatization issue for the last few months