KARACHI: The federal government on Wednesday sought time to file comments in two petitions filed against the proposed privatisation of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA).

A two-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Aqeel Ahmed Abbasi gave the federal law officer time to file replies by April 24.

However, the Privatisation Commission filed para-wise comments and defended the decision to privatise the national flag carrier, saying it was made in accordance with relevant laws.

An employees’ union of the PIA and the Society of Aircraft Engineers as well as a regular litigant had challenged the planned privatisation in the SHC.

They asked the court to declare the proposed privatisation ultra virus to the Constitution.

Published in Dawn, April 4th, 2024

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