The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has decided to submit a calling-attention notice in the senate against the ‘illegal sale’ of a Pakistan International Airlines’ (PIA) aircraft to a German company.
Senator Saleem Mandviwalla said in a statement that PIA A-310 aircraft had been sold without award of a tender and it had been handed over to the company before even opening of the tender.
According to the senator, the airplane was flight worthy and an authentic certificate was issued before it went to Malta for a shot of a movie. Later on, the airplane was sent to a German museum.
“All this was done without taking formal approval from the PIA board of directors,” said Mandviwalla. The market value of PIA’s A-310 was in millions of dollars but it was sold for just Rs5.3 million.
Federal Minister Muhammad Zubair had admitted that the deal, indeed, seemed to be fishy, he said, adding the plane was sold for €290,000, out of which €250,000 would be given to PIA immediately and the remaining €40,000 would be paid later.
Mandviwalla said Pakistan’s national asset and property had been sold illegally and a thorough investigation must be carried out, and an FIR should be registered against the PIA’s acting CEO, who was involved in the deal.
However, PIA spokesman Danyal Gilani, while rejecting Mandviwalla’s allegations, said it was an inaccurate perception that the national carrier had sold an aircraft through illegal process. He said the PIA had invited bids for the aircraft sale through advertisement in the media and bids were opened on Tuesday (December 13) in accordance with relevant rules.
PIA had planned to sell its aging A-310 plane and a museum in Germany expressed its interest in buying the plane to keep it as a symbol of PIA’s presence in Europe.