Defence Minister Chaudhry Ahmad Mukhtar disclosed that Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) facing deficit of more than 42 billion rupees. Replying to attention drawing notices in National Assembly, Mukhtar said that deficit had started when Tariq Saeed Kirmani took the office of PIA chairman and now PIA deficit has reached to over 42.6 billion of rupees. He said that PIA would be fetched out from the deficit till 2010. Additional officers would be discharged from senior posts to minimize the burden from PIA. Defence Minister added that if PIA would be privatized, it would meet the same fate as was faced by Steel Mills.