Extreme Mismanagement By PIA, No Online Tickets, Long Cues, Double Price, Overseas Pakistanis Complaining

Pakistanis who had already purchased the tickets were told their money 'is wasted'.

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Amid COVID-19 crisis, Pakistan International Airline (PIA) has been accused of minting money from expatriates who are currently stuck in Pakistan. The overseas Pakistanis were left stranded as airline operations were suspended to contain the coronavirus outbreak.

However, PIA recently announced to conduct limited operations to Canada and a few other destinations for nationals and permanent residents only. As soon as the news was announced, the expatriates rushed to the PIA offices to get back to their homes.

Upon reaching, they were told that the tickets are already sold out. The expatriates have alleged that these tickets were sold through agents at double prices.

They found out that not only were there no proper arrangements to cater to the people, but they were also told that their prebooked flights have been canceled, their money has been lost and they will have to do the entire process again. 

Despite the government’s insistence to take necessary precautionary measures, stay indoors and practice social distancing, overseas Pakistanis could be seen standing close in queues as no online mechanism was devised.

Overseas Pakistanis have requested the government to facilitate the people by introducing an online system and specify fix ticket prices so that they do not need to get out of their houses.

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