ISLAMABAD - Senate's Special Committee on PIA , acting upon the recommendations of a subcommittee, on Wednesday directed the FO to vigorously pursue the matter of bringing PIA german National CEO Hildenbrand back to Pakistan to face accountability.
The committee also remarked that co accused Akhtar's retirement from the Pakistan Air Force should be of no consequence in the investigation and that the matter against the co-accused should be pursued to logical conclusion.
The National Accountability Bureau (NAB), which is already probing the matter on the directives of National Assembly's Public Accounts Committee, was urged to be diligent with its investigation and also asked to regularly inform the Senate Secretariat on the progress of the case.
The report said the PIA management cannot be absolved in the scandal as it failed to report the matter in a timely manner and only came alive when the media and the parliament took notice.
The missing Airbus scandal came to light last year and created such pressure that the incumbent air chief, Sohail Aman, had to issue a statement declaring that if Akhtar is indeed caught by NAB or the Federal Investigation Agency, the air force would not stand by their man (who was in service at the time).