ISLAMABAD:May 28: The Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) has clarified a news item published in The News on May 26, 2012 under the headline “Red Cross suspends operations inside Pakistan”.
“The matter of the officiating chairman is sub judice in Islamabad High Court, and the honourable court has not issued any order barring the officiating chairman from performing his official duties,” said PRCS media advisor, Riaz Beg Raj. Out of 882, some employees are protesting for their personal demands, and the management are sincerely looking into the matter.
He said that PRCS along with IFRC top level management was busy in chalking out contingency plan for coming monsoon and in this regards both organizations were holding detailed meetings on daily basis besides carrying our integrated recovery plan all over the country.
The PRCS departments are performing their duties in a routine manner. The service contract of Engineer Gohar Ali Shah, Joint Director Construction, expired on May 21, 2012, contrary to what has been stated in a section of press.
Dilshad Azeem adds: The clarification has not denied the ongoing protest by the PRCS employees and strike against the appointment of officiating chairman of PRCS.Can one believe that routine activities do not affect when overwhelming majority of workforce remain on protests for the last more than one month while observing a strike at Islamabad and other PRCS offices?
The clarification is without an answer on major contentious issue between top management and employees over officiating charge given to Major General (R) Muhammad Nawaz and his continuation after general body rejected his nomination through a resolution.
Furthermore Engineer Gohar Ali, who fired against normal business, as contract of all are extending in routine, is not only a petitioner in challenging the appointment of incumbent officiating chairman in Islamabad High Court but also the Central President of Employees’ Association and head of his department in the PRCS. His sacking at this time leaves questions.Daily Times.