Recently a private television channel broadcast a news item about gross irregularities in procurement of technical spare parts in PIA. Specific items procured by the airline were also mentioned such as "Turbine seal valued at under $1300 being purchased upward of $17,000". Since there have been no denial by PIA, it is assumed that this airline belonging to the unfortunate tax payers of Pakistan is beingripped apart by corrupt cronies and these losses are being passed on to passengers in the form of fare raises for Umra andHajj flights, massive delays and cancellations. Unfortunatelytheminister concerned, who is also Chairman of PIA and its incompetent Board of Directors seem to be either least bothered or pushed about thismismanagement and pilferage. GULL ZAMAN, Peshawar, July 8.