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Meeting of National Assembly Standing Committee on Defence held

Islamabad, December 13, 2012 (PPI-OT): A meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Defence was held on 13th December, 2012 in Conference Room of PIA Booking Office, Blue Area, Islamabad under the Chairpersonship of Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho, MNA.

It was attended by MNAs Nawab Abdul Ghani Talpur, Dr. Talat Mahesar, Begum Ishrat Ashraf, Syed Hamid Saeed Kazmi, Syed Haider Ali Shah, Mr. Jawad Hussain, Mr. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and other officers from the Ministry of Defence and PIA. The agenda of meeting was as under:-

i. New purchase of aircrafts by PIA.

ii. Fire incidents in Islamabad bound PIA flight PK-308 on 2nd December, 2012.

iii. The implementation status of recommendations made in its meeting held on 27th September, 2012 regarding PIA.

The Standing Committee was briefed by the MD PIA on the purchase of new aircrafts. It was told that in order to turn around PIA, the induction of new aircrafts is extremely essential and vital. On smaller routes ATR’s will be inducted to strengthen the Southern Punjab, Sindh and Northern Areas. While issuing tenders all PEPRA rules have been complied with and Transparency International has also been kept on board.

On the issue of fire incident in Islamabad bound flight PK-308 on 02-12-2012, the Committee was informed that much misinformation has been wrongly circulated by the print and electronic media. No fire took place in the engines of the Aircraft; it was the failure of the engine to start which resulted in all the events occurred in the flight bound for Islamabad.

The Committee gave the Managing Director PIA a 24-Hours notice to implement the recommendations of Standing Committee on the issue of employees reinstated under Sacked Employees Reinstatement Act (SERA-2010), otherwise show cause will be issued and the case will be referred to the Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges.

For more information, contact:
Karamat Hussain Niazi
Secretary
National Assembly of Pakistan
Parliament House, Islamabad
Tel: +9251 922 1082 -83
Fax: +9251 922 1106

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