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PAC Directs to Withdraw Free Tickets Facility to PIA Employees

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) directed on Wednesday that the free tickets provided to the board of directors, former board of directors, and their families be discontinued, as the airline is losing millions of rupees as a result.

The meeting of the Public Accounts Committee was presided over by Noor Alam Khan. Audit officials informed the committee that the provision of free air tickets to the board of directors and former board of directors is in violation of the rules.

The chairman questioned why the facility is being provided despite the airline’s massive losses. The committee directed that the free tickets for everyone except employees and their families posted abroad be discontinued.

The committee chairman was also annoyed by the loss of Rs. 1.9 billion in funds designated for the development of Gwadar International Airport.

The chairman expressed grave concern about the lack of funds for an important project at a time when external and internal forces are attempting to sabotage the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

According to Civil Aviation Authority officials, Rs. 800 million of the lapsed funds were allocated to a local company, while the remaining funds were allocated to Chinese companies. The committee was informed that an investigation is underway to determine why the funds were not used by the local company.

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