PM seeks comprehensive plan to turn PIA into profitable entity

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan Wednesday directed officials to devise a business plan to transform the Pakistan International Airline (PIA) into a profit-making body and furnish the plan in this regard by March end.
He issued these directives during a meeting with Federal Minister for Privatisation and Aviation Muhammad Mian Soomro. Finance Minister Asad Umar and chief executive officer of PIA, Air Marshal (retd) Arshad Mahmood Malik were also present.
PM Khan said the privatization of PIA wasn’t in the manifesto of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), hence reforms were required to prevent national carrier from plunging into financial crisis.
He said reforms would allow government to turn PIA into a profit-earning entity. The PM was also briefed about new policy of secretary aviation division.
He was further informed during the meeting that a comprehensive plan for revival of the PIA would also be submitted to the government by the end of March.
Soomro told the meeting: “We will keep updating the public about measures taken by the government for betterment of the PIA.”

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