PHC Reinstates 95 PTCL Employees

The Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Wednesday reinstated 95 employees of Pakistan Telecommunication Limited (PTCL), reported Daily Times.

A PHC two-member bench comprising Chief Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan and Justice Mazhar Alam Miankhel allowed writ petition of PTCL employees and restored them on their old positions in the company.

Fayaz Afzal and other 94 terminated employees working on different positions including wireman, cable guards, drivers and computer operators, had filed a writ petition in the high court through Ejaz Sabi advocate praying the court to restore them as they were unlawfully terminated from their jobs.

Counsel for the petitioners contended that these PTCL contract employees were working in the company since 1999. In 2006, he said, PTCL and Telecom Foundation had signed an agreement under which all these employees were given to Telecom Foundation. He said that the Telecom Foundation then terminated all the employees in 2006.

The petitioners’ lawyer told the court that Telecom Foundation had no authority to terminate them from their jobs as they were the employees of the PTCL. He said that the Telecom Foundation’s termination order was unlawful and thus be set aside.

After hearing of the case, the bench declared the employees’ termination order as void and directed the PTCL to reinstate the employees on their old positions in the company.