Privatization of PIA to be completed by April 15, NA told

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ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly in its session on Tuesday passed two bills including Health Services Academy Restructuring Bill, 2017 and Islamabad Healthcare Regulatory Bill.
The bills were moved by Minister for National Health Services Saira Afzal Tarar in the National Assembly session chaired by Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq.
Speaking on the floor of assembly, Minister for Privatization Daniyal Aziz said that the government was bound to complete the privatization of the PIA by 15th April as per the PIAC Conversion Act 2016 adopted unanimously by the parliament.
Responding to a calling attention notice, he clarified that the government would retain fifty one percent shares of the national flag carrier while the management control would also remain with it.
He, therefore, said the process would not affect the employees.
He said a full government owned company was also being established under which all the fixed assets of PIA would be managed.
He said the shares of the PIA would be sold out after due process.
The house today passed a resolution urging the government to take steps to control Tuberculosis, AIDs and Hepatitis in the country.
It was moved by Naeema Kishwer Khan.
In the second resolution, moved by Tahira Aurangzeb, the government was asked to take immediate steps to control price of life saving medicines.

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