PIA standoff: Classic PML-N — Doing the right thing the wrong wayArchive
Machiavelli said it is better to be feared than loved — this also appears to be our current government’s mantra.
First it threatened to imprison any of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) employees who participated in any of the planned strikes against the ongoing push to not privatise the giant sloth that the airline has become.
Also read: PIA flight operations suspended indefinitely, strike enters second day
In the 1970s, PIA was among the world’s leading airline. Since then, it has descended into the depths of oblivion a long way down. Travelling on it feels like rowing on a kayak in the sandy hills of Thar — there is no telling how far you will get and when, but in any event, suffering is guaranteed.
Then, on February 2, in a clash between PIA employees and security personnel, two men succumbed to bullet injuries. Many more were injured, including journalists who were covering the event.