LAHORE All have heard of planes flying high, but its about time to know of PIA top brass 'gaining altitude at a lavish bash where liquor was evidently on board, on the house. A video available with TheNation shows a young man at the party sing 'Yaro Mujhe Muaf Rakho Main Nashe Main Hoon (excuse me friends, Im drunk) while boozing PIA executives dance frantically. The faces among them included that of PIA General Manager Reservations Mr Rasheed, GM Marketing Rashid Farooqi, Director Marketing Imran Ahmad Khan, Director Engineering Mr Maqsood and former GM Public Relations Syed Sultan. One of the officers, an adept dancer, does the act of balancing a liquor glass on his head while he dances, earning much applause from the mates. Sources claimed that the tun party was arranged by Marketing and Reservation officers after striking a deal with travel agents to earn kickbacks by selling them Umrah seats on cheaper rates. The seats were reportedly sold to four travel agents Moon Travels, Raja Travels, Islamabad-based Eidgah and Karachi-based Quality Aviation. Though the PIA has raised the Umrah return fare to Rs 55,000 from Karachi and Rs 60,000 from Lahore, Islamabad and Peshawar, these travel agents paid only Rs 42,000 to Rs 46,000 per seat. Its the second known boozing by PIA officials in less than a month. In the last shameful instance, the PIA management had given a clean chit to the senior officers allegedly involved in harassing an airhostess after getting drunk on a flight from Islamabad to Karachi. Sources claimed that Mamoon Rasheed, a senior PIA executive recently promoted as Director Customer Services (DCS), accompanied by CFO Faisal Malik and Secretary PIAC Board Shoaib, while traveling by PK-309 from Islamabad to Karachi on April 7 after attending a meeting in the Ministry, got so drunk and disorderly that the DCS started harassing a female cabin crew under the influence of alcohol. The matter was reported to the Captain. Shocked passengers on the domestic flight were surprised to see the PIA officials openly binging on liquor and becoming unruly, though consumption of alcohol in public places and aboard PIA flights is prohibited. A senior PIA officer seeking anonymity said that it was a serious crime punishable under the Hudood Ordinance. Another PIA officer said that had the PIA taken action against the officers involved in the first incident of sexual harassment during the flight, the fresh incident of drinking would not have happened. He lamented that the airline is facing the worst financial crises while its officers are busy displaying heights of moral turpitude. He demanded the PIA MD take strict action against the irresponsible officers and induct officers who are fond of work, not wine. An aviation expert, while commenting on the incident, said that PIA officers habitual drinking has brought a bad name to the airline. Adding salt to the wounds are the disdainful findings that they were holding such party after the sale of Umrah seats to blue-eyed agents, he said. PIA spokesman Mr Tajwar didnt take calls for his version.