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Pakistan Panel Approves Firing 9,000 Workers Before Mill Revival

Pakistan will terminate the services of as many as 9,000 workers at the nation’s biggest steel mill to plug a drain on resources in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

A ministerial panel of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government approved the decision to fire workers of Pakistan Steel Mills Corp., according to a statement from the premier’s office. The workers will be dismissed in two phases after their dues totaling about 20 billion rupees ($122 million) are cleared, Hammad Azhar, minister for industries and production, said earlier.