‘Sack Imran, not workers’: Bilawal responds to govt’s decision to sack 4,500 PSM employees
KARACHI: Following the federal government's decision to lay off 4,500 employees of the Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM), Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto on Saturday said the incumbent prime minister should be sacked and not the workers.
In a tweet, the leader vowed to return 'each and every' sacked employee back to work, adding that the land of this 'historical industrial asset belongs to the people of Sindh'. Calling the government's move "economic murder," Bilawal said PPP will not let the PTI get away with taking such a step.
Earlier, the country’s biggest industrial complex – the Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM) – laid off over 4,500 of its employees.
Reacting to Bilawal’s statement, Minister for Industries and Production Hammad Azhar on Saturday criticised the PPP for turning the Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM) "from a profit-making entity with billions in [its] bank account to a heavy loss-making and bankrupt entity".
Azhar said he wanted to "remind everyone that it was during the PPP [government's] tenure that the PSM went from a profit-making entity with billions in [its] bank account to a heavy loss-making and bankrupt entity".
"Capacity was taken down to 40 per cent and then PML-N shut it down in 2015," the minister said.