Concerned over losses in the past, top court orders PIA to submit a comprehensive reform plan

Free of cost tickets to unauthorized persons caused loss of billions to the national airline.

PIA has been asked to submit its response on the NAB (National Accountability Bureau) report by the Supreme Court on Tuesday.

The court has also ordered the administration of PIA to submit all details of the deficit PIA is currently facing. A two-member SC bench, comprising of Justice Umar Ata Bandial and Justice Ijaz ul Ahsan, heard the case of national assets at lower rates.

During the hearing, the bench directed the airline to submit a detailed plan that will help improve PIA. Nayyar Rizvi, Additional Prosecutor General NAB, stated that NAB had raised objections to 33 issues in the report. As per him, another very prominent issue was the underqualified staff in PIA’s top management. Justice Umar Ata Bandial said that NAB had given its view on the audit report.

Free of cost tickets to unauthorized persons caused loss of billions:

Justice Ijaz ul Ahsan said that PIA faced a loss of billions of rupees due to giving away free of cost tickets. Not only employees, but unauthorized people were also given tickets without any price. Justice Umar Ata Bandial that a solution was needed by the court, as it was trying to get national institutions in the right direction.

He said that the trial’s purpose wasn’t to harm anyone. He had noticed the loss PIA was facing, and that too of billions of rupees on a yearly basis. The national body’s re-establishment was a serious problem.

Justice Ijaz ul Ahsan stated that a plan was needed to run PIA. Bilal Minto, counsel for Shujaat Azeem, stated that he was prepared to submit the affidavit for removing his client’s name.

He stated that he will join the proceedings on the court’s decision. Justice Ijaz ul Ahsan asked the council to submit the affidavit and the court would make a decision only after reviewing it.
Later on, the hearing of the case was deferred to date in office.

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