PIA flight forced to land in Karachi, narcotics recovered

Narcotics were discovered on a Dubai-bound Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) aircraft on Wednesday after the aircraft was instructed to land at Jinnah International Airport.

According to Customs officials, they had received prior information regarding the attempt to smuggle the narcotics aboard PIA flight PK-221.

The aircraft, enroute to Dubai from Lahore. was instructed to land . . . → Read More: PIA flight forced to land in Karachi, narcotics recovered

Local government bill passed in National Assembly

(By Zahid Gishkor)The National Assembly passed on Wednesday the Local Government Body Bill, paving way for local elections in Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT).

The Bill was moved by Minister of State for Interior Muhammad Balighur Rehman and has been passed by the Senate with amendments.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar confirmed that the government accepted all . . . → Read More: Local government bill passed in National Assembly

Getting rid of VIP-isation

By Naeem Sadiq

Some three years ago, I received an invitation from an NGO to attend a school function at a five-star hotel, where the chief guest was to be the Sindh minister for education. I regretted joining the event after realising that the NGO could exercise austerity by holding the function at . . . → Read More: Getting rid of VIP-isation

Over burdened PIA needs a “hard reset”

By Muhammad Yasir

18 directors, 40-45 general managers, 200 managers and their deputies are running an airline operating international and domestic flights with merely 15-17 aircraft

In light of one year extension to government by International Monetary Fund (IMF) for privatisation of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), a last-ditch effort to revive national flag carrier was . . . → Read More: Over burdened PIA needs a “hard reset”

It’s pay back time

LAHORE: The Emirates airline plans to file a suit over the damages caused to its reputation by the enforced diversion of its plane carrying Dr Tahirul Qadri on Monday.

Official sources told Dawn that the airline had told the Civil Aviation Authority that it had been upset by the diversion of its flight EK-612 Dubai-Islamabad . . . → Read More: It’s pay back time

Don’t trash the idea of privatization

Pakistan has embarked on an ambitious plan to privatize SOEs characterized by below par performance. The national flag carrier, PIA is just one of the 31 public enterprises that it aims to privatize. The issue is currently being debated on various media forums. While proponents of privatization argue that it is the best available option . . . → Read More: Don’t trash the idea of privatization

Budget 2013-14 not as bad as it sounds

By Usman Khalid

Finance Ministers usually outline in their budget speech the objectives they wish to achieve. I watched the Finance Minister Ishaq Dar budget speech on TV and was impressed by his knowledge of detail. But he did not outline his objectives; I had to glean his objectives from his long and . . . → Read More: Budget 2013-14 not as bad as it sounds

PIA and Airports

This is a true narration of facts. I went to the PIA website to make reservations for a flight from London to Lahore. The website indicated that only two seats were available in Business Class on the flight. I quickly asked my travel agent to make the reservations. He did so. Once the flight departed . . . → Read More: PIA and Airports

Chd Mukhtar’s Rs4.6 billion loan in PIA’s name exposed

By Kalbe Ali

The central bank has reported to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) that former defence minister Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar had obtained loans worth more than Rs4.6 billion from banks in the name of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA).

But it appears that SBP has ignored the fact that the PIA is under the . . . → Read More: Chd Mukhtar’s Rs4.6 billion loan in PIA’s name exposed

Gauging PPP’s 5 year performance

Is third time really a charm in Pakistani politics?

Democracy has been a tough challenge for Pakistan. In its 65 years of history, the democratic process has been hijacked four times by military coups. When elected governments did manage to acquire power, they failed to complete their term. This time was different. This time a . . . → Read More: Gauging PPP’s 5 year performance