Pakistan International Airlines Chief Operating Officer was recently sacked. Zia Qader Qureshi termed his employment termination as “illegal and without due process”. He has demanded that his phone and all his official correspondence must be restored.
Mr. Qureshi has written a letter to the PIA’s Human Resources Chief Asma Bajwa who issued his termination letter. In the letter, Mr. Qureshi said, you (Ms. Bajwa) and PIA Chief Executive Officer Musharraf Rasool Cyan have acted with gross negligence and mala fide intention in terminating my employment contract”.
He further added that his access to his computer and email has been cut. Thus he is not able to collect any evidence to prove that his contract has not ended and he has been fired illegally.
As he is unable to access his official email he can not give any information to the National Accountability Bureau and to the auditors who are looking into the matter.
On August 17th PIA terminated Mr Qureshi’s contract claiming that he has not met the objectives for which he was hired thus his contract has been terminated. PIA said that Qureshi didn’t attend any meetings that were held to evaluate his performance.
Mr. Qureshi, however, said that he was sick, due to which he couldn’t the meetings. He claimed that his performance was outstanding and there seems to be no valid reason for PIA’s decision.
Earlier Pakistan International Airlines removed its chief financial officer (CFO) Nayyar Hayat from his post. And as per the orders of the Supreme Court on May 31st, a “high-profile audit” will be conducted.