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Army clinch National Netball Championship
ISLAMABAD, May 24 (APP): Pakistan Army beat Army 31-29 in a nail-biting final to clinch the 54th National Men Netball Championship title here at Hamidi Hall, Pakistan Sports Complex on Sunday.

 
Arrangments reviewed at Gaddafi stadium
LAHORE, May 24 (APP): Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) officials on Sunday reviewed the arrangements at the Gaddafi stadium before beginning of second T-20I.
 
Second entrance point opened for spectators
LAHORE, May 24 (APP): A second entrance point has been opened to facilitate the cricket spectators before the start of second T-20 match between Pakistan and Zimbabwe.
 
National Ranking Tennis Championship from May 27
ISLAMABAD, May 22 (APP): Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) will organize the third edition of PTF Development Series National Ranking Tennis T-III Championship from May 27 at the Clay Courts of the PTF Complex here.
 
Pakistani cueists fly to Iran for Asian Team 6-Red Snooker on Saturday
KARACHI, May 22 (APP): A six-member Pakistan squad is due to leave for Kish Island en-route Dubai and Tehran (Iran) on Saturday to take part in Asian Team event and 4th 6-Red Snooker Championships being staged there from May 24 to 31.
 
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PTV to decide compensating 54 workers victim of February 16, 1978 strike PDF Print E-mail
ISLAMABAD Feb. 15 (APP): Finally, after the lapse of 32 years, Pakistan Television Corporation will take up the issue of payment of compensation of Rs. 800,000 each to 54 trade union leaders, who were jailed while responding the strike call by the Pakistan Peoples Party on February 16, 1978.

In this regard, the PTV management sought two months time during an hearing of writ petition no: 2527/09 in the Lahore High Court Rawalpindi bench earlier this month, APP Correspondent Ilyas Bhatti learnt here on Monday.
Pakistan Television Employees Union leaders were jailed and fired later, 32 years ago when they went on strike at the  call of the then Chairperson PPP Begum Nusrat Bhutto. The ‘Struggle day’ call was given by the PPP against the dictator General Zia-ul-Haq on that day.
As many as 28 trade union leaders of the PTV Unions were arrested from Lahore, Quetta, Peshawar and Rawalpindi-Islamabad Centers. They were tried by various martial law courts under martial law regulation No.10 which envisaging death sentence. The services of the remaining trade union workers, who were not arrested, were fired. 
The Supreme Court of Pakistan accepted Agha Shahid Rashid, Ex-Television Engineer of the PTV Lahore appeal in 2008. Agha was among the 28 employees of four PTV centers who were terminated without any notice or charge sheet on February 23, 1978. Pakistan Television has paid Rs. 800,000 to Agha as directed by the Supreme Court of Pakistan.
The termination orders were declared illegal by a Review Board set up by Shaheed Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in 1989.  The Review Board, in its judgment in favor of 28 PTV employees had declared “we hold the impugned order void abinitio and recommend to the federal government (Ministry of Information and Broadcasting) to direct the Pakistan Television Corporation to re-employ the petitioner at the post with the same seniority which the petitioner would have enjoyed had his services not been terminated”   
According to a list presented in the National Assembly on September 24, 1989 by the then Minister of Information the employees belonging to four television centers include the following:
Inayat Hussein, Asif Sheikh, Zaheer Javed, Shahid Mahmud Nadeem, Raja Muhammad Hussein, Aurangzeb, Muhammad Abass, Amjad Bukhari, Ghulam Ahmed Sheikh, Salahuddin Mengal, S. Taufeeq Shah,  Atiq Ahmed Siddiqui, Azhar Masood, Agha Shahid Rashid, Muhammad Ilyas Bhatti, Abdul Mateen Malik, Ejaz Ahmed Niazi, Abdul Jalil Shakir, Sinar Gul Chinari, Habib Gul, Shaukat Hayat, Muhammad Bashir, Hafeezur Rehman, Muhammad Khaliq Ghazi, Usman Ghani, Mubarak Shah, Muhammad Alam and Muhammad Aslam.  
The present PPP government owes fulfillment of the reinstatement of such employees in letter and spirit on their posts, which was ordered by Shaheed Benazir Bhutto in 1989. They were awaked 15 lashes and one year rigorous imprisonment after summary trial. They were charged with taking over four PTV centers on February 16, 1978.
The then Secretary Law and Justice Mr. Justice Sheikh Riaz Hussein in his legal opinion in 1995 said that the PTV can give seniority to its sacked employees in line with the Review Board judgment.
Besides. A number of PTV employees went to various courts including the High court, Federal Service Tribunal. Finally the Supreme Court in its judgment in Civil Appeal No. 851-857, accepted workers plea.
A number of employees who joined PTV at the junior posts and later resigned after not being promoted are still being denied which is a negation of the principle of natural justice. PTV was still adamant to abide by the Review Boaord. Federal Service Tribunal and Supreme Court judgment. A number of such cases were still pending in various courts.
The affected employees have pinned hopes with the Federal Minister for Information for the redressed of their grievance and the fulfillment of the wishes of the slain leader of the PPP Benazir Bhutto before they reach the age of superannuation.
 
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