IT is today’s retirees of the government-funded Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) who laid the foundation of the national news agency and undeniably nurtured it with professional journalism.

However, all the sustained and hard work by APP retirees appears to be unappreciated by the management.

APP retirees like me served the agency with diligence and devotion for four decades, both during war and peace.

Scanned service records will bear out that this scribe served the APP in varied positions, including Accredited Special Correspondent to India.

Instead of appreciating their obedience and devotion to the national news agency and the country, the APP has virtually failed to ensure retirees’ legitimate healthcare for more than the past two years.

Chemists and hospitals on the APPC panel in Karachi have long since stopped medical provisions and treatment.

Consequently, APPC retirees like me (who suffer from cardiac ailment) have to manage food and medical provisions with partial pension amount, which too has been badly affected by skyrocketing inflation and costs of living.

Moreover, medical bills are not reimbursed in time, adding hardship to retirees’ woeful plight.

My medical bills as in June 2012 accumulated to more than Rs96,000 with no immediate sign of reimbursement.

This is despite phone calls and a series of letters and emails having been written to the APP.

Constrained with financial hardship, I urge the incumbent management and the secretary of information, government of Pakistan, to immediately intervene for payment of overdue medical bills and non-stop medical care to APPC retirees like me. I need it all the more as my wife is an acute asthma patient.

JALIL AHMED Ex-Director, APP (ENS) Karachi

Updated Jul 27, 2012 03:28am

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Comments (2) (Closed)


Cyrus Howell
Jul 27, 2012 10:19am
Beware the young men with Business Management degrees joining the corporation. They squeeze the juice out of you for breakfast.. File a class action lawsuit to win a judgement against them. My father told me, "Never get old." I should have listened to him.
Mahmood A Minhas
Jul 27, 2012 03:13pm
This is not the APP only but there are many others autonomous bodies of the federal gevernement like NBP who have stopped increase in pension of its retirees for the last three years. But they have enriched themselves with full of annual increase in salary bonuses and many others benefits within this three years. There is no any authority in our country to watch and resolve these issues.