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PIA to look earlier than London, Malaysian courts over lease cost situation: aviation minister

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  • Minister for Aviation Ghulam Sarwar Khan says PIA did not pay the lease on time as a consequence of coronavirus
  • Says PIA will seem earlier than a London court docket on Jan 22 and a Malaysian court docket on Jan 24
  • Says the airline will then “accept the decision of the courts”

RAWALPINDI: Federal Minister for Aviation Ghulam Sarwar Khan on Saturday stated Pakistan Worldwide Airline (PIA) did not pay the lease of the plane that was held in Kuala Lumpur on time because of the coronavirus pandemic and the Malaysian court docket issued an order with out listening to any arguments by the airline.

Throughout a media briefing within the metropolis, the minister 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 provider would “accept the decision of the courts”.

PIA had acquired the aircraft on an costly lease throughout the PML-N tenure, he added.

Learn extra: Spokesperson says airline’s stance not thought of in UK court docket

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 Street undertaking which might not solely assist resolving visitors points but in addition create job alternatives and support 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 undertaking can 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 had been permitted for a plan to unravel the problem of low gasoline stress within the twin cities whereas sensible work has been began in that regard.

Replying to a query concerning the upcoming Pakistan Democratic Motion (PDM) protest, wherein Opposition events will collect outdoors the Election Fee of Pakistan on January 19, he stated holding a protest is everybody’s proper nevertheless it needs to 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 undertaking 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 Worldwide Airways (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 had been already on board. The plane’s 18-member workers additionally turned stranded in Kuala Lumpur because of the 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.

Learn extra: Malaysian authorities seize PIA Boeing 777 at Kuala Lumpur airport

Case in opposition to PIA for non-payment of lease dues

Sources informed Geo Information that the leasing firm had filed a case in opposition to 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 critically affected the aviation business, there needs to be a discount within the overhead fees.

In the intervening time, the leasing firm stored an eye fixed on the actions of PIA, and as quickly because it obtained the knowledge 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.

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