The Supreme Court was informed on Monday that the new chairman and managing director of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) would be appointed within 45 days in accordance with law.
The assurance was given by PIA’s counsel to the two-member bench headed by Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani, which resumed hearing in a suo motu case regarding irregularities and illegalities in the national flag carrier.
During the course of proceedings, Raja Bashir, counsel for PIA, submitted before the court that advertisements seeking applications for the posts of chairman and MD had already been published in leading newspapers.
The advertisement for the slot of MD was even uploaded on the PIA’s website, he said.
The counsel said as many as 22 applications had been received for the post of chairman and 300 for the MD.
He contended that the new chairman and the MD would take up the matter regarding political appointments in PIA.
While expressing dismay over the pathetic condition of the national flag carrier, the court said PIA ranked at the bottom of international airlines due to irregularities and illegalities.