PIA's flight operations restored after 8 days of strike

pakistan.jpgPIA's flight operations restored after 8 days of strike

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) employees Tuesday ended their nine-day long strike spurred byplans to privatise the national carrier, saying their representatives would immediately hold talks with the government.

Airports have been enmeshed in chaos nationwide since the strike kicked off that grounded international and domestic flights and left thousands of passengers stranded.

Last week, two employees were killed and several others wounded at Karachi’s international airport when clashes broke out between security forces and staff.

"We are calling off the strike today," Sohail Baloch, the chairman of PIA’s joint action committee of employees, told a press conference in Karachi on Tuesday.

Baloch also encouraged his colleagues to return to their jobs with "full commitment and spirit".

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