Federal government enforced the Pakistan Essential Services Maintenance Act 1952 for the PIA

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Federal government enforced the Pakistan Essential Services Maintenance Act 1952 for the PIA

RAWALPINDI: Federal government enforced the Pakistan Essential Services Maintenance Act 1952 for the Pakistan International Airlines.

The government on Wednesday enf­orced the Pakistan Essential Services (Maintenance) Act, 1952 allowing the Pak­istan International Airlines Corporation Limited (PIACL) to rescue, evacuate and repatriate Pakistanis and foreigners stranded in different countries.

The Act has been implemented with immediate effect and for a period of six months.

Consequent to the Covid-19 pandemic, a large number of Pakistanis and diaspora are still stranded in var­ious countries with exp­ired visas and limited res­ources, according to a spokesman for PIA.

The spokesman in a press release said that in order to ensure an uninterrupted and continual operation of rescue, evacuation and repatriation efforts, the services of PIACL had been placed under the Essential Ser­vices (Maintenance) Act 1952, with an immediate effect and for a period of six months.