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ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court on Tuesday issued notices to all pertaining parties in the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) financial corruption and mismanagement suo motu notice case to appear at the next hearing on Dec 4, DawnNews reported.

A three-member bench led by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry heard the case.

Chief Justice Iftikhar inquired about the conditions of PIA and whether had they become like the conditions of Pakistan Steel Mills.

PIA’s counsel Raja Bashir informed the court that current management of PIA was attempting to improve the company’s conditions. He also said that in the previous years, PIA had incurred a loss of Rs. 119 billion in total due to delays and other issues.

Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed said that no PIA flight departs on time.

Chief Justice Iftikhar remarked that the PIA was the lone state-owned organisation that runs on public’s money.

The court had taken suo motu notice of this case but the petitions were also filed pertaining to the case.

A letter by the Transparency International Pakistan was also read out at the hearing by Raja Bashir, which affirmed that PIA’s conditions were indeed very bad.

The report also stated that PIA violated Pakistan Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) rules in their purchases; pilots and other staff constantly protested through strikes, causing great loss to the company.

According to the letter, PIA has incurred losses amounting to Rs. 141 billion.

Due to the non-availability of the petitioners, the court issued notices to all parties and adjourned the hearing until Dec 4.

Updated Nov 13, 2012 11:38am

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Mansoor Sajid
Nov 13, 2012 12:54pm
It’s high time that concrete action is taken to streamline the overall condition within PIA including, but not limited to, stoppage of recruitment on political basis. People at the helm of affairs in PIA must have a minimum criteria for eligibility to the coveted position and that criteria must be implemented in true letter and spirit without any political interference.
AHK
Nov 13, 2012 11:55am
PIA has always been badly managed. I was interviewed for a Finance job in 1974. The Balance Sheet contained a huge spare parts inventory. While discussing with somebody in PIA, I came to know that when PIA management replaces planes it does not sell related spare parts. Imagine the financial charges incurred on these obsolete parts, and also the storage and handling costs involved. Late departures is a crime as it attracts airport charges, etc. Employing people who are not producing is another disaster.
Asab
Nov 13, 2012 06:35pm
Privatization is the only way out, to control & to protect PIA.
Badshah waheed
Nov 13, 2012 12:41pm
long live judiciary. all pakistanis are looking towards judiciary for any good hopes.i hope they will succeed in their mission and whole nation is with them.b/c we were at the brink to lose everything even this beloved country.the people abroad are and inside pakistan very sad from pia.