Were profitable Routes of PIA given to Air Blue?
*KARACHI:* The Supreme court issued notices to PIA chairman and ministry of defence directing them to submit their respective replies about any intention of the government to privatise the PIA. The court’s order sheet also asked whether certain profitable routes of the national airliner had been given to other airlines, including Airblue.
The court directed the federal government and PIA chairman to ensure submission of their reports within one week and fixed the matter at the principal seat Islamabad in the second week of April.
The Supreme Court on Saturday asked the federal government whether there was any intention to privatise the Pakistan International Airline (PIA).
The court asked this while Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar was hearing a miscellaneous application filed against the planned privatisation of the national airline. Justice Faisal Arab was also a member of the apex court bench that was hearing the case at its Karachi registry.
On March 7, the federal cabinet had approved the privatisation of PIA, more than two weeks after a related cabinet panel gave the go-ahead to privatise the loss-making airline. The approval was granted during the cabinet’s weekly meeting presided over by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.