Senate rejects PIA Corporation (Conversion) Bill


ISLAMABAD: The Senate on Friday rejected the bill for setting up/conversion of Pakistan International Airlines Corporation into a public limited company with majority votes.

Minister for Climate Change Zahid Hamid moved the bill [The Pakistan International Airlines Corporation (Conversion) Bill, 2015] in the house on behalf of Minister for State and Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab Ahmed.

Deputy Chairman Abdul Ghafoor Haideri put the motion to the house for approval but it was voted out.

Earlier, the National Assembly had passed the Pakistan International Airlines Corporation (Conversion) Bill, 2015 with majority votes amid the opposition’s strong protest.

Now, the government has an option to table the bill to the joint session of the parliament.

Meanwhile, responding to a Calling Attention Notice raised by Tanvir Ahmed, Minister for Climate Change Zahid Hamid said he would convey suggestions given by the senator to the minister for capital administration and development division. He said the CAAD minister would visit the areas to issue on spot order for cleaning of drains/nullahs before the upcoming raining season.

Later the House was adjourned to meet again on Monday at 3:00 pm.

APP