Privatization not solution to PIA crises


KARACHI: An overcrowded Eid Milan Party general body meeting of PIA Retired Employees Associations PIAREA was held on Sunday evening at Karachi.

Patron Chief PIAREA and former managing director Arif Ali Khan Abbasi was the chief guest. Ex-directors Salman Javed, Irshad Ghani, general managers, several office-bearers of PIA unions/associations and representative from foreign /out stations were also present.

The general body meeting was presided over by Syed Tahir Hassan President PIAREA. All speakers viewed that PIA should not be privatized due to various genuine reasons.

Meanwhile, a resolution was unanimously passed demanding that prime minister of Pakistan Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif should not privatize PIA. It is pertinent to be mention here that PIA services come under special essential services. Country defence and other significant matters are also attached with PIA which could be affected.

There is no doubt that political interference, nepotism, corruption, mismanagement etc are the root causes of airline’s destruction but privatization is not the solution. Government should bring reforms and take initiatives for the revival of the airline.

Government should convene a meeting inviting all unions/associations of PIA for consultation and consider all proposals and recommendations presented in the meeting. PIA should plan its flight schedule using operational aircrafts.

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