Another PIA attendant vanishes in Canada; talks for privatization gather steam
A total of six companies have been shortlisted for the privatization of the national flag carrier.

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Pakistan International Airlines

Islamabad, June 25: Another flight attendant of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has reportedly vanished in Canada, increasing the total number of the airline’s staff going missing in that country to 14. The development comes as the privatization of the national flag carrier is set to take place in the first week of August 2024, according to reports.

The trend of flight attendants disappearing during PIA’s Toronto operations is continuing. The most recent incident involves Noor Sher, who was part of a 16-member crew on flight PK 781 from Pakistan to Toronto.

Noor Sher was reported missing after failing to show up for the scheduled return flight, contributing to the growing list of 14 PIA employees, both male and female, who have disappeared in Toronto. Reports suggest that these missing crew members have sought asylum in Canada.

A notable case includes a female flight attendant, now detained in Toronto, who had been assigned to the Toronto route over ten times despite explicit orders to the contrary.

There has been little advancement in the investigation into the circumstances surrounding the repeated deployment of Hina Sani, who remains in Canada.

In response, both the aviation ministry and the national carrier have formed separate committees to probe these incidents. A PIA spokesperson stated that all previously missing flight attendants had been terminated from their positions, and departmental proceedings have also begun in Noor Sher’s case.

Meanwhile, ARY news quoted sources as saying that a total of six companies have been shortlisted for the privatization of the national flag carrier.

The shortlisted companies have sought details related to PIA and asked for time till July to review the financial issues of the national airline.

The authorities are providing the required information to the consortium of shortlisted companies.

A consortium of six companies has been pre-qualified for privatizing Pakistan International Airlines (PIA).

According to the details, the companies in the pre-qualified consortium will be eligible to participate in the bidding process for the PIA.

The decision was made during the Privatisation Commission Board meeting, chaired by Federal Privatization Minister Aleem Khan.

During the meeting, Aleem Khan emphasized the government’s commitment to ensuring a transparent and efficient privatisation process for all loss-making state-owned companies.