PTI accused of putting hurdles towards PIA sell-off process

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) wants to prolong the process of privatisation of Pakistan International Airlines Corporation (PIAC), claimed Daniyal Aziz, MNA, Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) while briefing the media here on Tuesday.

Daniyal Aziz flanked by MNA Talal Chaudhry and Parliamentary secretary Shahnawaz Ranjha said that on one hand the PTI’s provincial government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) has implemented Essential Service Act (ESA) in hospitals, while on the other side, its central leadership is criticising the same done by federal government for PIA employees.

He said that Pakistan Airline Pilots Association (PALPA) and Air League were not a part of strike initially but they were provoked to become a part of it. He said the PIA has already resumed flights all over Pakistan, including Gilgit- Baltistan.

The government has managed to resume the operation of airline respectively, despite of baseless allegations which the government is facing with respect to the privatisation of PIAC, he said. Calling Imran Khan a master of U-turns, he said “Naya Pakistan” is a total fraud, Imran Khan promised to eliminate corruption in 90 days but could not do so, adding that he has no plan to bring reforms in KP.

MNA Talal Chuadhry while endorsing the stance of Daniyal Aziz said that instead of paying off the losses which these state owned entities are incurring, the government instead would like to pay to boost the economy and which can bring the reforms. He said that the PTI must leave the ‘politics of dual standards’ and make sincere efforts for people welfare.

He said that the PTI also hampered the process of CPEC, which caused delay in the project and caused loss to the country, not to PML-N, adding PTI is doing this in enmity with the government. He said the privatisation will be fair and PIAC will land in the hands of deserving bidder who will be able to bring reforms. He said the opposing parties cannot even differentiate between the privatisation and strategic partnership.

The amount Rs 6 billion instead of spending on the incompetent state owned entities can be spent on the education and in other sectors to bring reforms in the country. Earlier, in the day Muhammad Zubair, Minister of State for Privatisation and Chairman Privatisation Commission, said that the privatisation of PIA was in the national interest and it would yield positive results on the country’s economy.