LAHORE (Web Desk) – Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has warned that employees of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) will lose their jobs and can be sent to jail for a year.

Talking to reporters during his visit to a coal power plant in Sahiwal, Nawaz said that airline employees working during the strike will be given special rewards for their service.

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On Monday, Nawaz Sharif has approved the Essential Services Maintenance Act 1952 for Pakistan International Airlines for a period of six months.

The move comes as PIA employees have threatened to halt flight operations today, following the failure of talks with the government on the proposed privatisation move.