Pakistan International Airline (PIA), which lately has been going through many changes, has sent its chief executive office, Bernd Hildenbrand, on forced leave. Yesterday, the government of Pakistan has granted a 15 day leave to the CEO of PIA.
However, the German national has been told not to leave the country until further notice.
We recently reported that the CEO of PIA is being investigated because of alleged misappropriation of funds in the purchase of aircrafts. His name has been put on the Exit Control List (ECL) to stop him from any foreign travel and will remain in the list until the completion of further investigation against him by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).
Moreover, sources indicate that the PIA’s CEO had asked for the leave along with removal of his name from ECL. The government has granted him a leave, but his name has not been removed from the ECL. Adding to that, the deputy secretary of the Aviation Division, Farooq Hassan, wrote a letter to Bernd Hildenbrand on the subject of “Removing his name from ECL”.
The letter says: “I am directed to refer to your application (dated March 21, 2017) for leave and for one-time exemption from ECL addressed to the chairman PIAC on the subject noted above and to state that secretary aviation / chairman PIA has been pleased to allow 15 days leave with effect from April 6, 2017. During the leave period, Nayyar Hayat, CFO, will look after the work of acting CEO”. He further said, “You will, however, not leave Pakistan till approval of your request for one-time exemption from the Exit Control List by the Ministry of Interior.”
Reports indicate that many investigation agencies are currently probing different deals made by Bernd Hilderbrand. To be more specific, investigation is being conducted against PIA CEO including the sale of a PIA aircraft to a German organization for almost PKR 5 million.