ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court sought a reply from the management of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) on an audit report submitted by Auditor General of Pakistan (AGP).
A two-judge bench headed by Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed heard the case regarding proposed selling of national assets, including the PIA, at throwaway price.
During the course of proceedings, Justice Saeed observed that the AGP's report was a post-mortem of the national carrier's performance. It had clearly mentioned the ails the PIA was suffering from, he added.
Meanwhile, the PIA's counsel sought the top court’s permission to fill the vacant posts and extend the contracts of emlpoees. The Supreme Court on March 31 had completely banned new recruitment in the PIA.
Justice Azmat asked about the need to fill the posts. How the department, which was already facing financial crisis, could bear the burden of new employees. He, however, ordered the airline to submit the list of vacant posts to the court. Besides seeking the PIA management's reply on the audit report, the court directed the Secretary Civil Aviation, Director General of Federal Investigation Agency and NAB officials on next date of hearing on November 16.