RAWALPINDI: Federal Minister for Aviation Ghulam Sarwar Khan on Saturday stated PIA officers will seem earlier than a London court docket on January 22 and earlier than a Malaysian court docket on January 24 after which the nationwide service would “accept the decision of the courts”.
The minister, whereas addressing a press convention within the metropolis, stated PIA did not pay the lease of the plane that was held in Kuala Lumpur on time as a result of coronavirus pandemic and the Malaysian court docket issued an order with out listening to any arguments by the airline.
PIA had acquired the aircraft on an costly lease through the PML-N tenure, he added.
The minister stated the federal government believed in taking sensible steps for the welfare of the frequent man.
He stated that the federal government had introduced a 110-km lengthy Rawalpindi Ring Road mission which might not solely assist resolving site visitors points but additionally create job alternatives and reinforce financial actions within the space.
Sarwar stated an quantity of Rs6 billion has been credited to Rawalpindi administration in that regard and hoped that the mission could be initiated earlier than June 2021.
He stated 5 small dams together with Daducha, Mujahid, Papin, Chehan and Mahuta Mohra are being constructed in Rawalpindi to satisfy the irrigation wants of native farmers and these would even be useful to beat water scarcity points.
Sarwar stated that Rs50 million have been authorized for a plan to resolve the difficulty of low gasoline strain within the twin cities whereas sensible work has been began in that regard.
Replying to a query in regards to the upcoming Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) protest, by which Opposition events will collect outdoors the Election Commission of Pakistan on January 19, he stated holding a protest is everybody’s proper however it must be held beneath the regulation and democratic norms.
“The people have rejected the narrative of PDM,” he remarked.
Later, the minister additionally inaugurated the gasoline provide mission to the seven villages of Takht Padi Union Council of Rawat.
PIA Boeing 777 seized at Kuala Lumpur airport
Malaysian authorities on Friday seized a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Boeing-777 on the Kuala Lumpur airport.
The PIA aircraft was seized on the orders of a neighborhood Malaysian court docket over the non-payment of plane lease dues, sources disclosed.
PIA had leased two planes, together with the Boeing-777, from a Vietnamese firm in 2015.
The aircraft was seized after passengers have been already on board. The plane’s 18-member workers additionally grew to become stranded in Kuala Lumpur as a result of seizure, and can now quarantine for 14 days as per protocols, the sources stated.
“The passengers are being looked after and alternate arrangements for their travel have been finalised,” learn a tweet shared by PIA on its official account.
Case towards PIA for non-payment of lease dues
Sources informed Geo News that the leasing firm had filed a case towards PIA in a UK court docket in October 2020 for its failure to pay the leasing price, price about $14 million, which had been pending for a interval of six months.
In response, the PIA had maintained that because the COVID-19 pandemic had significantly affected the aviation trade, there must be a discount within the overhead fees.
In the in the meantime, the leasing firm stored a watch on the actions of PIA, and as quickly because it obtained the data of Flight 895’s scheduled touchdown in Malaysia, it appealed to the Malaysian court docket to grab the plane as per the worldwide civil aviation leasing legal guidelines, sources added.