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Not a single portion of PIA to be privatized

ISLAMABAD: Advisor to President, Faisal Raza Abidi on Monday said present government has regularized services of around 5,000 employees of Pakistan International Airline (PIA) inducted during PML (N) and Pervez Musharraf regimes.

Faisal Abidi Latest NewsIt is the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) led coalition government which has facilitated thousands of PIA’s employees through regularization of their services and “how come we can even think about privatization of a national career,” he told a private news channel.

Abidi said he, on behalf of President Asif Ali Zardari, now announces that not a single portion of PIA would be privatized rather its performance would be improved by adopting numerous measures.

“The government is providing funds to PIA, we are trying to make the organization stand on its own feet and bringing improvement in its functioning,” he said while responding to a question.

When asked about competence of PIA Managing Director, Abidi said the MD had made the planes able to fly so as to meet the growing passengers’ requirement. In this regard, he said PIA inked an agreement worth Rs. 5 billion with a foreign company and added for the last two years the organization had not taken a single plane on lease to undertake Haj operation.

Pakistan Airline Pilots Association (PALPA)’s Captain Sohail Baloch also attended the programme.

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