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PIA could not pay lease on seized plane attributable to coronavirus pandemic: Aviation minister

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ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Aviation Ghulam Sarwar Khan blamed the earlier authorities for buying two Pakistan Worldwide Airways (PIA) aircrafts on an costly lease.

Speaking to media on Saturday, the federal minister stated the PML-N authorities acquired the planes in 2015 on an costly lease that the nationwide service didn’t pay on time as a result of coronavirus pandemic. He added {that a} case was being heard in a United Kingdom court docket however a Malaysian court docket issued an order with out giving the airline an opportunity to current arguments.

Ghulam Sarwar Khan stated the subsequent listening to in London court docket is on January 22 whereas the Malaysian court docket listening to is mounted for January 24. Experiences counsel that the proprietor and director of the corporate that leased the airplane to PIA are Indian nationals with places of work situated in Dubai, UAE.

It might be talked about right here that the PIA airplane was taken on lease from a Vietnamese firm in 2015.

A PIA spokesperson stated the nationwide service’s counsel is already introduced in Kuala Lampur and has been offered all related paperwork.

In the meantime, the passengers of the seized plane in Malaysia will arrive in Pakistan through Dubai immediately. First, 118 passengers will arrive at Islamabad Worldwide Airport at 11:00pm in-flight EK-614 whereas one other 54 passengers can be introduced again in flight QR-632 through Doha at 1:40am.

The spokesperson stated the stranded passengers are being taken care of by PIA employees in Dubai and Doha, including that they had been supplied with breakfast as nicely.

It might be added right here that the Malaysian authorities had seized the PIA’s Boeing 777 on Friday for defaulting lease cost. The plane was taken into custody on a court docket directive from KL Worldwide Airport with passengers on board. 

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