*ISLAMABAD - Federal government will auction off four helicopters of the cabinet division along with the other unused items, PTI has revealed.*
These helicopters have been parked at heliports for several years.
Federal Information Minister Fawad Chaudhary said on Thursday that the helicopters will be given to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) so that they can use them as aerial ambulances.
But according to a report by BBC Urdu, none of the four helicopters being put up for auction by the government have valid working order certificates.
The report said, “All four helicopters have been in a ramshackle condition for a long time due to unavailability of spare parts”. The cabinet division has also informed the prime minister’s office in writing that it would need a lot of money to refurbish the helicopters so they are fit to be auctioned.
Manufactured by Bell Helicopters , the American government had presented two UH-1H helicopters between 1971 and 1974 and two between 1992 and 1993 to Pakistan as a gift for “relief and rescue” activities. Since these helicopters were originally intended for relief operations, they can also be equipped with ammunition — another hurdle in the public auction.