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    I am the daughter of a man who served in PIA for 37 years

    In wake of PIA’s possible privatisation, a lot of people have taken to social media to give their two cents worth. Fair enough, it is a debate of public interest. However, most of the statuses I have read are targeted towards PIA’s employees – not the organisation as a whole, but the employees alone.

    Facebook statuses and subsequent comments have said things like,

    “Good for nothing (employees)”,

    “Useless employees”,

    “They are being overpaid”, and

    “Now who would want to lose a job which pays even when you are sleeping.”

    I am the daughter of a man who served for 37 years in PIA.

    All of my life, my father worked for the national airline and retired in 2010. Six years on, he is still passionate about the organisation. Many evenings, he is on the phone conversing with his former colleagues and friends about the inevitable doom of the airline and what could and should be done to rectify it.

    My father does not fit any of the aforementioned generalised labels people have been very kind to pass. He worked hard for a living and he was loyal to the organisation. It is from my father that I learnt to work honestly and with complete dedication to any job I take. My father is an earnest man and he instilled the same values in my sisters and me. I am nowhere close to where I want to be in my career but my biggest strength is that I have never disappointed an employer.

    So before you judge all employees by the same scale, let me ask you a question: How many of you are aware that every time the government changes, be it PML-N or PPP, the top management of PIA does too?

    This is done in order to reflect the governing party. With a Punjabi government in power, PIA sees an influx of Punjabis all around and it’s the same with Sindhis when PPP wins an election.

    I am not being overly righteous here, but surely, you should be made a general manager or a director based on your qualifications, achievements and merits rather than merely being associated to the prime minister, right?

    Or maybe that’s just me.

    These executives have come and gone with the country’s General Elections. I recall my father commenting on how people of various high positions don’t have the ability to construct a grammatically correct sentence in English, let alone understand the aviation industry. So yes, some employees are useless but they didn’t get the job based on merits. We all know how they got the job. If you want to blame somebody, question the government.

    How many of you are aware of the lesser known or rather, more popularly forgotten fact that it was indeed PIA that helped to establish Emirates, Singapore Airlines, Somali Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Air Malta and Yemini. Today, Emirates is one of the leading airlines in the world. Yes, it was PIA’s “useless employees” who trained Emirates employees back in the day.

    To reiterate, it is the government that has driven PIA to failure by placing incompetent men in high positions of significant importance and decision-making. Had they allowed for men like my father, and other honest men with experience in the organisation, to continue climbing the corporate ladder, PIA would still be one of the leading airlines today.

    PIA has employed various people who are loyal to it. These loyalists have experienced PIA’s glory days and want to see them return. These employees include my father, his friends and countless others. For all those who are supporting PIA’s privatisation, remember Nawaz Sharif is doing it so he can sell it to his grand-daughter’s in-laws. It’s going to become one of their family’s businesses. You’re not going to benefit from it. It is a personal gain and a national loss.

    When I asked my father his views on the possible privatisation, he commented saying,

    “While we talk of privatisation, it is based on the presumption that those who will take over as the new management will honour merit, implement proper management policies, thereby avoiding cronyism and nepotism. The simple and honest fact is that these are biological traits which the public sector executives lack.

    If our political leaders decide they will not use public sector resources to award or purchase loyalties of political workers and stop meddling in the running of PIA, it could benefit the airline. With liquidative contracts and just employment, PIA can perform smoothly after privatisation as well. PIA did prove to be lucrative till the 80s, even though it was a public sector organisation.

    While discussing public sector functionality against privatisation, the only important factor is honesty and transparency. In the case of PIA, we have to make sure our financial advisors have expertise in the aviation industry.

    PIA is an organisation in a developing country. It has done its best in order to provide jobs to the educated youth but this has been misused by politicians.”

    When I asked my father about the 780 to one employee ratio circulating on social media, he said he was not absolutely certain about it. Whatever the ratio may be, I am sure it won’t be the ideal proportion. One must bear in mind, however, that many of the comparisons we are making are with airlines in developed countries that have a higher literacy rate as compared to Pakistan. These international airlines are not corrupted by political appointees disregarding merit.

    Most business operations in Pakistan are frequently disrupted by power breakdowns, political strikes and so on. PIA has employed drivers and purchased vehicles to ensure their pilots and other crew members arrive on time and safely for their flight schedules. Is that not responsibility?

    Oh, and the tax payer’s money – did you know that PIA has its own medical establishment? They have hospitals and clinics and all their employees (from peons to directors) get free medical and dental treatment along with their families. With PIA, you don’t have to be a manager to get your family treated for an illness, which I think is commendable given the inflation in Pakistan; even a clerk can afford decent medical treatment for his family.

    To conclude, as I have digressed quite a bit, I am proud of my PIA background. I am proud that my father served the national airline. I am proud of my father and his friends. I am proud that there are innumerable employees who go to work relentlessly in order to make a difference in an airline which everyone is quick to judge and criticise. For if it was not for men like my father, this airline would have closed many years ago.
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    Re: I am the daughter of a man who served in PIA for 37 years

    Sorry but businesses today need to make a profit to survive. If PIA needs govt money to survive than its not viable. I'me very happy for what it does for its employees etc. but if they can't afford it too bad. Why should I as a tax payer pay for a PIA employee's exceptional healthcare? Who does that for me? There is no case being made for why taxpayers should continue to subsidize PIA employees and loss making. If it get privatized (Regardless of who it goes to) lets add up all the annual savings to the tax exchequer from not having to pay PIA losses. Also here's a simple example of inefficiency - instead of employing all these people as drivers etc., why not out -source? The whole corporate world has gotten out of non-essential businesses starting back in the 90's but PIA, a mass loss making entity, wants to continue to operate a welfare society stuck on glory tales from the 60's before many of us were even born.
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    Re: I am the daughter of a man who served in PIA for 37 years

    PIA has been raped by the previous employees and chamchas

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    Re: I am the daughter of a man who served in PIA for 37 years

    With all due respect to the daughter of the man who served PIA for 37 years, I have to say that your father was incredibly stupid to have stuck around with a white elephant whose writings have been on the wall of its eminent death for some time to come.

    Didn't your father know that you require only 289 people per plane to run an airline efficiently compared to the 700 per plane in PIA?

    Didn't your father see the mass of incompetent people around him being hired by the politicians indiscriminately to run the airlines?

    If he had instead of putting his head in the sand like an ostrich, he wouldn't have been in a fix that he finds himself today.

    Lets all say a little prayer for this beached whale and bury it so that it may never raise its ugly head again.

    RIP PIA.
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    Re: I am the daughter of a man who served in PIA for 37 years

    Quote Originally Posted by Tari View Post
    With all due respect to the daughter of the man who served PIA for 37 years, I have to say that your father was incredibly stupid to have stuck around with a white elephant whose writings have been on the wall of its eminent death for some time to come.

    Didn't your father know that you require only 289 people per plane to run an airline efficiently compared to the 700 per plane in PIA?

    Didn't your father see the mass of incompetent people around him being hired by the politicians indiscriminately to run the airlines?

    If he had instead of putting his head in the sand like an ostrich, he wouldn't have been in a fix that he finds himself today.

    Lets all say a little prayer for this beached whale and bury it so that it may never raise its ugly head again.

    RIP PIA.
    100% on the mark. Unfortunately there are 100s like her out their

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    Re: I am the daughter of a man who served in PIA for 37 years

    Quote Originally Posted by Ironman View Post
    100% on the mark. Unfortunately there are 100s like her out their

    Its a sad state of affairs at PIA Ironman. 2004 was the last year they had a profitable year. The chart below tells the real story. The real rut started in 2008 when the PPP took over and has continued like this till today with 2015 (first 3 qtrs) losses a whopping 50.5 Billion loss.



    I wonder what the daughter of the man who worked for PIA for 37 years has to say about this.
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    Re: I am the daughter of a man who served in PIA for 37 years

    Quote Originally Posted by Tari View Post
    Its a sad state of affairs at PIA Ironman. 2004 was the last year they had a profitable year. The chart below tells the real story. The real rut started in 2008 when the PPP took over and has continued like this till today with 2015 (first 3 qtrs) losses a whopping 50.5 Billion loss.



    I wonder what the daughter of the man who worked for PIA for 37 years has to say about this.
    She wouldn't have much to say. In reality as long as she and her family on the pay run, who cares?

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