PPP Parliamentary Leader in the Senate, Senator Sherry Rehman said, “PIA’s Ispahani hangar was established in the 70s but it comes as a shock that Tabahi Sarkar has plans to quietly auction it. This hangar not only caters to PIA aircraft but also provides facilities to foreign airlines which generates revenue worth of millions”.
“Does the government not realise that due to this decision, now the airlines would have to pay crores for the maintenance and repair of their aircrafts? First it was the Roosevelt Hotel and now Ispahani hangar, this government is on an asset stripping mission,” she added.
She questioned, “Is there anyone who can take responsibility for what’s being done to our institutions? From Islamabad to Karachi, our state institutions are being sold and privatized by this Na ehl sarkar. This is only being done to award cronies”.
“So much for promising to create jobs and opportunities. The only thing this government has done is to take away opportunities. Instead of giving relief in the pandemic, they are making things difficult for people,” she said.
She said, “This government is responsible for the downfall of our national flag carrier. From the pilots controversy to sacking employees, PIA is being grounded on purpose. The decision to auction this hangar will not only affect PIA but also the labour working there”.
Vice President PPPP Senator Sherry Rehman concluded by saying that, “Ispahani Hanger has been functional for more than 3 decades and is the backbone of our airlines. We reject the government’s decision and will not let this loot sale take place”.