KARACHI - The management of Pakistan Airline Pilots Association (PALPA) has strictly denied the perception that they are on strike due to salary dispute with the PIA management, but vowed that they would not do any compromise with the management on the passengers safety issues. Addressing a Press conference at Karachi Press Club on Sunday, the office bearers of PALPA, Vice Chairman Sohail Baloch, General Secretary Arif Majeed, and Joint Secretary Sohail Ahmed denied the news spread by the PIA management that Pilots are on strike and PIA management is busy itself operating airplanes to facilitate the passengers. The PALPA Vice Chairman Sohail Baloch said that only selected representative pilots were present here while the others were on their duties. They alleged that PIA management, instead of resolving the issues through dialogue, is creating complications and digressing from the issues. General Secretary PALPA, Arif Majeed, said that they had made only two demands on priority basis such as 10-days off a month and prior notice in case for next emergency flight. However, the implementation of working agreement which was submitted to the PIA management in March 2009 should be done soon. The PALPA officials made it clear that they would not compromise on the safety issues related to the passengers during the flight operations, as PIA management forcing them to do extra job without taking proper mental and physical rest before any next flight. We insist that minimum 12-hour required rest should be given to Pilots before going to any further flight in order to ensure that they are completely ready and fit for the flights keeping in view the safety of the passengers. We also demanded 10 days holidays in a month to spend some time with our parents and children. Majeed said that their doors were open and they were ready any time to discuss the issues to resolve with PIA management. The PALPA officials said that as MD PIA was himself a pilot, and they gave him all their support to bring PIA out of the crisis and did a marvellous job during Hajj operation. Full cooperation by the Association and its members in carrying out the Hajj operation, which is unprecedented in the history of PIA, and the entire Hajj was conducted by PIAs own airplanes and crew, and for the first time not a single leased aircraft was taken, Majeed informed. They said that instead of resolving the issues confronting us, the PIA management is busy spreading baseless stories and rumours against PALPA, while they were demanding restoring our old rights, which were due on the management for the last several years but they had still been neglecting them. The PALPA officials alleged that the PIA management is imposing pressure on pilots due to which serious safety concerns related to the passengers could arise in the near future. They said that at the time of suspension of working agreement in 2001, an average of approximately 35 per cent of the salaries of pilots were slashed, the only cadre to have suffered besides the cabin crew. We wanted to restore this amount with 10 per cent annual increase in the salaries of the pilots. Arif Majeed made it clear that for the last 11 months, the association did not ask for any favour from the management and co-operated in all spheres of airline activities, they said. KU Business School Alumni The graduates of Karachi University Business School (KUBS) will celebrate the 10 years of the academic excellence of the institution on April 25. This was announced by the Alumni President of KUBS, Mehmood Arshad, on Sunday. He pointed out that the graduates of KUBS will commemorate the 10 years of academic excellence on April 25. The ceremony to this effect would be held at Defence Authority Golf Club. The event will host leading corporate icons and will also feature the launch of graduate directory 2008 to mark the occasion. All the graduates of both morning and evening programmes have been invited, it was further announced.