Jun 302017
 
Greed wins

Those who blame PM Nawaz Sharif and his government for the failure of PIA need to realise that the decline of the airlines started in 2002, when, in spite of escalating oil prices, PIA’s balance sheet indicated minimal losses. The corruption infected vultures, who, through their networking and political contacts, had, by 2008, cunningly managed to be nominated as the MD of PIA and the DG of CAA Pakistan, were the main reason for this decline. This government can only be blamed for not having political will to appoint qualified and experienced executives, but not for the over Rs230 billion accumulated losses it inherited and the corrupt mediocrity that dominated its executive corridors. By the time the PML-N-led government took charge of PIA, all prime time slots in the Gulf had been surrendered to the advantage of the airlines owned by Gulf states. Almost half of the PIA fleet was grounded because of gross irregularities in the procurement of essential technical spares, while its human resource, which was once its asset, was eroded by burdening the already surplus employees of this loss making white elephant with over 300 employees with fake degrees. PIA’s GSAs and GHAs all over its network were changed and replaced by parties with dubious background. Having purchased long range aircraft like B777, it was shocking when, in the garb of code sharing, the airline was to be reduced to become a spoke carrier of Turkish Airline which took over all its routes to Europe, America and [Read More…]

Apr 272017
 
Minister of Inter-Provincial Coordination Riaz Pirzada resigns

Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination Riaz Pirzada resigned from his post on Friday, citing reservations against the suspension of Director General Pakistan Sports Board Dr Akhtar Nawaz Ganjera as the reason behind his decision, DawnNews reported. The federal government on Wednesday suspended DG PSB for three months, though no charge was mentioned against the DG in the notification of suspension. Ganjera enjoys support from Pirzada, who has decided to take up the matter with the Prime Minister. "I have been disrespected enough by the prime minister's principle secretary," Pirzada said. "I will not be disrespected more and will not retract my resignation." In his resignation to the prime minister, a copy of which is available with DawnNews, Pirzada said: "There has been a continued interference in my ministry and affiliated departments by your principal secretary. This suggests either a lack of confidence in my abilities or a loss of faith and trust. This has not only distressed me but also clipped my powers. As said — clip the wings of the bird and ask it to fly." Pirzada, while visiting the Sports Board in Islamabad, announced that he had officially handed in his resignation. According to DawnNews, Pirzada alleged that there is high-level corruption in all parts of the government, adding, "I will not say anything about the prime minister's situation at the moment."