PIA – back to business

Pakistan International Airlines employees on Tuesday ended their nine-day long strike spurred by plans to privatize the national carrier, saying their representatives would immediately hold talks with the government.

Pakistan’s airports have been enmeshed in chaos nationwide since the strike kicked off that grounded international and domestic flights and left thousands of passengers stranded. Last . . . → Read More: PIA – back to business

Ishaq Dar negates PIA privatization, only seeking partner

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Sunday claimed that the government has no plans of privatising Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) and only wants to seek a strategic partner for the national flag carrier.

“Efforts would be made to invite credible and reputed international strategic partners to the extent of 26% in only the core business of . . . → Read More: Ishaq Dar negates PIA privatization, only seeking partner

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

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

Fasten your seatbelts

The Bhoja air crash was yet another crash in Pakistan’s history. Yet again we saw the deaths of innocent lives. Yet again we saw looting at the site of the crash. Yet again we saw politicians making this an opportunity to point fingers to the CAA, the airline, the government and their political rivals. But . . . → Read More: Fasten your seatbelts