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Palpa withdraws from PIA strike, pilots asked to resume duties

KARACHI: The Pakistan Air Lines Pilots Association (Palpa) announced its withdrawal from the strike against government's proposed plan to privatise the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) on Saturday, with the organisation head directing pilots to resume their duties. "At least 410 out of 430 pilots in Palpa are in favour of resumption of flight operations," said Palpa President Amir Hashmi, while ... Read More »

Efforts under way to defuse PIA crisis

KARACHI/RAWALPINDI: As suspension of the Pakistan International Airlines’ (PIA) flight operations entered the fourth day on Friday because of strike by employees against the airline’s proposed privatisation, there were signs of efforts to defuse the situation when talks between the government and leaders of the agitating workers began late in the night. The talks were held after Minister of State/Chairman ... Read More »

Govt fails to convince JAC on resuming PIA flight operations

As long as our demands are not met, the flight operation will remain suspended, said Joint Action Committee chairman. —DawnNews screengrab KARACHI: Members of the Joint Action Committee of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) employees, lead by Sohail Baloch, called on Privatisation Minister Mohammad Zubair late Friday evening, DawnNews reported. The meeting was aimed at resolving the deadlock between the government ... Read More »

Airblue, Shaheen ‘turn down’ PIA tickets, passengers in limbo

Protesters in Multan demonstrate against govt plans to privatise the national carrier on Friday.—DawnNews KARACHI: Confusion persists on arrangements made by Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) to accommodate passengers affected by a country-wide strike as private carriers Airblue and Shaheen Airlines declined to accept passengers holding PIA tickets. With over 350 flights cancelled since the strike against the government's proposed plan ... Read More »

Passengers suffer as Airblue, Shaheen ‘turn down’ PIA tickets

Protesters in Multan demonstrate against govt plans to privatise the national carrier on Friday.—DawnNews KARACHI: Confusion persists on arrangements made by Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) to accommodate passengers affected by a country-wide strike as private carriers Airblue and Shaheen Airlines declined to accept passengers holding PIA tickets. With over 350 flights cancelled since the strike against the government's proposed plan ... Read More »

Passengers suffer as Airblue, Shaheen Airlines ‘turn down’ PIA tickets

KARACHI: Confusion persists on the arrangements made by Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) to accommodate passengers affected by a country-wide strike as private carriers Airblue and Shaheen Airlines declined to accommodate passengers. With over 350 flights cancelled since the strike against the government's proposed plan to privatise the national airline commenced, the PIA management announced on Thursday an agreement with Airblue ... Read More »

Saudi ready to join anti-IS ground operations in Syria

A man waves a Syrian national flag as residents of Nubul and al-Zahraa, along with forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, celebrate after the siege of their towns was broken, northern Aleppo countryside, Syria. -Reuters RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is ready to join any ground operation the US-led coalition against the militant Islamic State group in Syria might decide on, ... Read More »

PIA strike: Govt vows not to back down in face of protests

ISLAMABAD: Even as senior members of the ruling party defend their plans for the national flag carrier, the government seems in no mood to back down in the face of protesting Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) employees. On Thursday, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif accepted the resignation of PIA Chairman Nasser Jaffer. According to an official notification released by the PM Office, ... Read More »

Rs1.8 billion lost to PIA strike

KARACHI: The national flag carrier has incurred an estimated loss amounting to Rs1.8 billion since last week, as angry employees protested against the government’s proposed plan to privatise Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), spokesperson Danyal Gilani said Thursday. Protesters in Multan hold eggs with slogans written on them. —DawnNews As demonstrations against privatisation plans and imposition of Essential Services Maintenance Act ... Read More »