PTCL is Bound to Increase Salaries by 50 Percent: Khosa

Prime Minister’s adviser for Telecom and IT, Sardar Muhammad Latif Khan Khosa has urged PTCL to increase salaries by 50 percent of their running packages.

PTCL’s share holder agreement and telecom act preserves employees’ rights, expressed Mr. Khosa in a letter written to Prime Minister of Pakistan.

He said that PTCL employees’ rights were preserved during the privatization of the company, moreover, country’s telecom act clearly defines these workers as regular and government employees.

He said that PTCL should have increases salaries by 50 percent, however, management is violating the act by not doing so.

Following is the complete letter written to PM from Mr. Khosa;

My Dear Sir,

I wish to draw your kind attention towards a very serious issue which relates to the bread and butter of more than 26,000 poor families of Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited “PTCL.

At the time of transformation of Pakistan Telecommunication Corporation “PTC” into PTCL in the year 1996, the terms and conditions of those employees which were transferred from PTC to PTCL were protected under Section 35 and 36(2) of the Pakistan Telecommunication (reorganization) Act, 1996. These transferred employees commonly known as “regular employees” in PTCL are treated as government employees.

Letter to Prime Minister by Advisor IT – Jang 2-9-2010

Thereafter at the time of privatization of PTCL the terms and conditions of these transferred/regular employees were also given protection under clause 16.2 of Shareholders Agreement duly signed between the President of Pakistan and ETISALAT International affecting the transfer of only 26% of PTCL’ share to ETSALAT.

The Government of Pakistan still being the majority shareholder in PTCL is supposed to oversee and manage this Shareholders Agreement in order to protect the valuable interests involved therein in shape property, equity and human resource of Government of Pakistan.

The overseeing power of the interest of government and people of Pakistan is also enumerated in Shareholders Agreement which is the joint responsibility of Ministry of Information and Telecom, Ministry of Privatization but unfortunately both the concerned ministries and their incompetent bureaucracy has absolutely failed to perform heir obligations and duties in this regard.

The people friendly Government of Pakistan considering the economic conditions of the country has recently given 50% salary raise to all government employees which was automatically applicable to “transferred employees/regular employees” of PTCL but the foreign management of PTCL which is already in reluctant to give this 50% salary raise to its regular employees manifestly violating the crystal clear provisions of Pakistan Telecommunication (re-organization) Act, 1996 and covenants made in the Shareholders Agreement.

The most unfortunate part of the story is that the civil bureaucracy sitting in the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecom, Ministry of Privatization and Ministry of Finance which was supposed to protect the interest of the labourers and the poor people of Pakistan is illegally unlawfully and callously serving their own interest and showing inclination to support the illegitimate and unwarranted wishes of the foreign management of PTCL (the status of which is yet to be decided by the Hon’able Sindh High Court where a petition titled as Haji Khan Bhatti vs. PTCL challenging the privatization of PTCL is pending adjudication).

Once the management of PTCL succeeds in connivance of bureaucrats, the effect of this move will be catastrophic and it will plunge more than 26000 families to transferred/regular employees of PTCL in to poverty and hunger which will not only create a severe humanitarian crises but also a law and order situation countrywide which the country cannot afford at this juncture.

In addition to above-mentioned aspects, many other irregularities of grave concern indicating that the affairs of PTCL are currently being managed as personal dynasty.  As reported, few mentionable are e.g. there is no human resource manual for contractual employees (highly arbitrary decision making), the deputed SEVP Human Resource is a not competent and qualified resource, powers of the PTCL Board of directives are intentionally being avoided like splitting of project costs and appointment of senior executives. Highly flawed procurement system and project management systems have been put in place; these leave abundant space for arbitrary decisions, contracts and corruption in access of billions.

Therefore, viewing the aforementioned state of affairs the PM may like to direct all concerned to act strictly in accordance with law and not to act in defiance of provisions of Pakistan Telecommunication (re-organization) Act, 1996 and covenants made in Shareholders Agreement. One suggested measures for kind approval of the Prime Minister is to direct for immediately holding Tripartite Talks, Our Political Government should accept and assert its role being the custodian of rights of labor and interests of majority stakeholder, secondly also as mediator between the labor and management.

Sincerely yours
Sardar Muhammad Latif Khan Khosa
Advisor to Prime Minister on IT

  • Khosa abi jaag uta. Salary increase wala bil toh tmharay moathal honay sy pehlay issue hua ta us waqt jab ptcl ny pay increase nai ki toh tum kaha ty.

  • Just Fix my Damn DSL !!!!
    its not working for last 3 weeks & phone line is dead for last 2 weeks !!!!

    i hate PTCL now, i will never buy & use Ufone & any other PTCL partner product!!!

    even all Net Cafes are down which used PTCL DSL !!!!

    PTCL help line operators always said it will only last 1 day more & i have been hearing this for last 2 weeks from them…
    I went to Exchange 2 days ago & guard said it Strike will last 2-3 weeks more!!!
    What The Hell!!!

    I cant even transfer for LinkDontNet DSL bcoz of exchanges closed down in all Pak!!!

    Such strike will hit ufone soon & whole network will go down for 2 months i can guarantee this, so this is why stay away from Ptcl & ufone if u care about your family, in a situation for any emergency assurance & you might need to use phone or mobile to call in help via ufone or PTCL!!!

    Just don’t & never rely on these 2 networks now from now on!!


  • Jesi PTCL etisalat ziddi intezamia waisay unko employee millay hahaha dash dash tumhari PTCL, net down hai mera b 2 din say, pehlay speed slow ho gai the phone line shor ke wajah say.

    @Somaan Thank you i am going to do the same (kiss) to u

  • Khosa has mis-stated the position of Etisalaat. They are the MANAGING partners. So even though they hold less than the majority in stake, they control the board and policy making.

    And whats this BS about “people friendly’ government. All governments are suppose to be that, however the issue is good governance not the philosophy. Khosa needs a shoe up at the hind.

  • It is very shamful for PTCL management to not slove the problem from last three week. I think now that PTCL have no mangement and any team that work in crisis.
    But it all only possible of monopoly of PTCL if customer have other option than i see how to go long this strike.
    Please do something PTCL many people learning money online depended on your network.

  • PTCL management is not taking into account the after effects of this strike, how many phone are likely to be off on permanent footings after so huge gap of interruption of lines.Management is totally failed to have faith of employees and conclude a decision.Be a Pakistani note that Etisalat has yet to pay its first installement even after passing of three years. How a bad decision of musharf regime to sell profitable unit.

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