July 05 - 11, 2010

PIA and Sialkot International Airport Limited (SIAL) built by private sector signed an agreement for the installation of Computerized Departure Control System (DCS) at Sialkot International Airport (SIA). This will facilitate auto check-in of all the airline passengers from Sialkot to be managed by PIA.

Managing Director PIA, Captain Muhammad Aijaz Haroon and Mr.Toheed Akhtar Chairman SIAL signed the agreement at the PIA Head Office.

Managing Director PIA while sharing his views on the occasion said that PIA wants to promote Sialkot Airport as a model airport and will provide all possible assistance and support to SIAL for the facilitation of the travelling public. He said more flights would be operated from Sialkot International Airport by PIA, the national flag carrier.

Chairman SIAL, Mr. Toheed Akhtar thanked PIA for providing support and assistantence to SIAL, which will directly benefit the passengers from Sialkot and adjoining areas.

The National Flag carrier, PIA has already signed a co-branding agreement with SIAL .By virtue of that SIAL has provided exclusivity to PIA on first priority for any additional frequency from Sialkot International Airport.

Vice Chairman of SIAL Ashfaq Ahmad Chaudhry, DMD PIA, Mr. Salim Sayani, Director Marketing PIA, Mr. Imran Ahmad Khan and other senior officials of PIA and SIAL were present at the Signing Ceremony.

PIA is operating flights to Kuwait, Muscat, Sharjah , Jeddah & London from Sialkot International Airport. MD PIA has announced that PIA will add one more flight from Sialkot to Jeddah shortly .PIA has signed an agreement with SIAL for providing Departure Control System, which will also facilitate other airlines operating from Sialkot in Computerized check-in of their passengers.

A detailed meeting was also held between PIA Marketing Team and SIAL representatives to explore the possibilities for enhancement of flights from Sialkot, provision of IT and other services.

PIA offered the provision of Cargo spot, PIA Cargo automation system to SIAL, as this will not only broadens the spectrum of services of PIA at Sialkot but will also help SIAL in the automation of their airport. MD PIA proposed to have a PIA official on the board of Directors of SIAL, was also discussed. Chairman agreed to take it up with SIAL board.

Dr. Attiya Inayatullah, MNA and Convener, Sub Committee on Women Harassment at the workplace along with Bushra Gohar, MNA and Chairperson of Standing Committee for Women Protection, Khushbakht Shujaat, MNA and member of the committee, Qudsia Arshad, MNA and member of the committee and Razia Sultana, secretary of sub committee on Women Protection have an intensive discussion on the issue of women protection at the workplace with the Managing Director PIA, Capt. Mohammad Aijaz Haroon and Director General CAA, Air Cdr. (Rtd) M. Junaid Ameen and other officials of PIA.

During the visit of these lady parliamentarians, a seminar was organized by Women's Forum PIA in which they communicate with the women employees of the airline. The parliamentarians assured the women employees of their full support with regard to their victimization, discrimination or harassment issues.

On the occasion, Dr. Attiya Inayatullah, convener of the Sub Committee on Harassment at the Workplace said that the group of parliamentarians has visited the PIA as it is one of the largest public sector organizations which have leading number of female employees. After getting 33 percent representation in the parliament, 11.3 percent female representation in any public sector organization like PIA is a mighty achievement. We want to provide the female population of our country with equal opportunity of dignified jobs. With a larger number of women working in the office, the risk of harassment, victimization and discrimination increases. In order to minimize this risk, the Standing Committee for Women Protection in parliament has announced to form Women Protection Committee (WPC) under the Harassment at the workplace Law 2010 in every public sector organization. The management of PIA has taken initiative by forming a WPC to address the issues put forward by the female employees of the PIA. "It is the need of time that women realize their rights and speak about their genuine issues. We want to provide these working women with an atmosphere that could help them not only to improve their living standard but also make them realize their true role in society," said Dr. Attiya.

Bushra Gohar, Chairperson of Standing Committee of Parliament for Women Protection, expressed her views that a courageous step has been taken by the women in the airline by complaining about the harassment at the workplace. The WPC formed by the PIA management has given us assurance that the complaints raised by the female employees will be addressed properly. Previously, there was a communication gap between the management and the employees, this gap can now be bridged by putting the actual complaints in the WPC. MD PIA, Capt. Mohammad Aijaz Haroon has provided his full support and commitment to the WPC in order to solve these complaints. "We want our women to be the productive part of our public sector organization, so that they can be the useful part of our society," said Gohar.

Khushbakht Shujaat, member of the committee, Qudsia Arshad, member of the committee and Razia Sultana, Secretary of Sub Committee on Women Protection also appreciated the role of women in the PIA.

While giving out the details of the WPC, Mariam Aftab and Maheen F. Ali said that the WPC is seeking respect and dignity for the female employees of the airline. The aim of this committee is to facilitate the women in the national flag carrier to perform their duties with respect and honor. A proper and intensive inquiry will be conducted if any complaint of harassment would be forwarded to the WPC and appropriate actions will be taken.

On the second day of their visit, the women parliamentarians went along with the Women Protection Committee (WPC) members to PIA Baby Day Care Centre, Al Shifa Trust and the Airhostesses' hostel. The committee members listen to complaints of the airhostesses and assured to take up the matter with the management.