It is recently reported that two directors of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) have been summoned by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) for questioning. The airline’s management has been facing multiple charges of corruption, a source revealed.
The directors have been asked to appear before the authority today to record their statements. The directors of the national carrier are facing charges of purchasing aircrafts on inflated rates, including A-330 and A-320. Moreover, the officials are also allegedly involved in selling another aircraft (A-310) and giving away profitable routes to other airlines.
We have recently reported that the CEO of PIA, Bernd Hildenbrand, has also been accused of misappropriation of funds in the purchase of aircrafts. His name has been put on the Exit Control List (ECL) to ensure that he does not leave the country until the investigation is complete.
Sources indicate that the Adviser to Prime Minister on Aviation, Sardar Mehtab Abbasi, has been allowed by the FIA to proceed with the investigation. The investigators claimed that four members of the PIA’s board of directors had opposed the decision to purchase A-330 and A-320 on inflated rates.
It is pertinent to note that this is the third corruption scandal of PIA to appear in the past few months. In any case, we’ll follow the news and will update our readers of any new development.