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Pakistan International Airline. — File Photo
Pakistan International Airline. — File Photo

LAHORE: The PIA management has promoted two brothers of the PML-N’s Information Secretary, Senator Mushahidullah Khan, with effect from 2007.

Officials told Dawn on Monday that Rashidullah Khan and Sajidullah Khan had been promoted from Grade 8 to 9 (manager to deputy general manager) and Grade 7 to 8 (assistant manager to manager) respectively with effect from 2007.

The management has issued a notification in this regard despite the fact that no promotion board meeting took place this year.

The officials said that the notification of the promotion of Rashidullah and Sajidullah did not mention whether they would be entitled to other perks and privileges with retrospective effect.

They also claimed that the promotion board meeting was not required in such cases.

“Both brothers were declared promoted by the selection board in 2007, but their promotion was not notified,” they said.

There are also reports that Rashidullah will be given an important position after his promotion from Grade 9 to Selection Grade 10 as no hurdle is now left to promote him in that grade.

Mr Rashidullah justified his own and brother’s promotion and rejected the impression that their political connections had anything to do with it. “Sajidullah and I were rather politically victimised over the past five years in the PPP government as my brother, Mushahidullah, was a member of the PML-N.

“Even a former PIA managing director had refused to take up our case citing the Mushahidullah factor,” he told Dawn.

He said the promotion board had promoted him and Sajidullah in 2007 in Grade 9 and Grade 8, but letters of the promotion could not be issued because the PPP government had taken over the government soon after that.

Mr Rashidullah further claimed that his name was on top of the seniority list, but he had been ignored in the previous promotion board’s meetings.

“My and Sajidullah’s promotion are absolutely on merit and seniority based and since the 2007 promotion board meeting had promoted us, we are entitled to be promoted from that date,” he said, adding they did not seek perks with retrospective effect.

He said his and Sajidullah’s promotion were due over a decade back, but during the previous government employees not even completing five years in service in a grade had been promoted out of turn.

Earlier, the Nawaz Sharif government appointed Shujaat Azeem, the brother of another PML-N senator Tariq Azeem, as adviser to the Prime Minister on aviation.

Shujaat Azeem was removed from the PAF as he held dual nationality.

Comments (8) Closed

RK Jul 16, 2013 11:18am

Is seniority the only criteria for promotions in PIA? Whether there were vacancies to be filled and whether the two brothers were competent to be promoted, appears to have been ignored

Pardesi Jul 16, 2013 11:35am

No wonder this airline which is known as PIA (Pathetic, Incompotent,Awfull) comes to its expectations with a pathetic union management relationship, incompotent management and awfull customer service. This airline provides benefits to its political masters and its appointees. Airline is a black mark on the face of Pakistan and a burden to tax payers. If the government is so brave than it should privatise it.

abdushakoor Jul 16, 2013 12:12pm

salam, how are you brothers(Rashid and Sajid)?

do you remember me?

Abdushakoor Qureshi

Khalid Jul 16, 2013 01:04pm

New faces but same old stories. How is this different from the PPP government?. What a shame that PMLN couldn't wait even for a few weeks before starting this. These people (PPP & PMLN) have exactly the same objectives and exactly the same methodology to achieve their objectives. Nepotism and anything but Merit is the way to do it. Well done PMLN.

Gerry D'Cunha Jul 16, 2013 02:49pm

favouritism has already started by pml (n) - they don't practice what they teach - wait and see for next 5 years, this is just the begning - PML(N) make hay while the sun shine

zeeshan haider Jul 16, 2013 08:53pm

Should we even be really surprised? No wonder pakistan has already transformed into a dysfunctional state and is heading towards high speed to transform into a failed,collapsed and bankrupt state.

Omer Jul 16, 2013 10:56pm

Dekkho dekkho kon aya........ I do not need to say more!!!

K.A.Muhammad Jul 17, 2013 08:03am

Pakistan International Airlines, Pakistan Railways and Pakistan Steel Mills are the milking cows for the vested interests, every now and then these organization would run into loses and the government of the time would intervene to bail them out, rather than getting rid of it by privatization. In other words yet another form of money laundering.