ISLAMABAD - All the seven unions of PIA associated with political parties should be banned to save the national flag carrier from bearing more financial losses.

This demand was floated yesterday by Secretary Civil Aviation Muhammad Ali Gardezi in a sub-committee of Public Accounts Committee (PAC) meeting.

“National flag carrier (PIA) is our pride. All political parties should announce dissociation with these unions to run the organisation in profit,” Gardezi said, arguing on the audit objections related to the performance of PIA.

Chairing the committee to review PIA’s performance, Ashiq Gopang expressed displeasure over the loss of Rs395 million due to the Civil Aviation. “All the matters cannot be resolved in Departmental Accounts Committee (DAC),” he said and ordered inquiry into the loss of Rs395 million. He also asked for furnishing a charge-sheet after fixing the responsibility.

The secretary Civil Aviation, responding to objections, said that it was seven years old case and most of the employees had left the organisation. He said the union associated with political parties should be banned as the PIA administration could not freely work under it. “PIA is now getting better. PAC and the government should help the administration in getting rid of the unions as we need support,” he said.

Sheikh Rohail Asghar from PML-N remarked that there was no need to put blame only on unions. He said that PIA needed to watch wrongdoings in the organisation. He also stopped the Civil Aviation member to speak in English, saying now the Supreme Court has ordered to speak in Urdu.

The committee also forwarded the case regarding the blockade of funds, due to unnecessary procurement of spare parts of Rs 108 million, to National Accountability Bureau (NAB). Following the directions, the secretary Civil Aviation also refused to defend the matter.

Earlier, the auditor raised objection that PIA’s spare parts valuing Rs30 million were even lying unutilised resulting unnecessary blockade of funds.

The committee settled the audit objection related to the loss of revenue due to the ban by the European Union on aircraft Boeing 747 and airbus costing Rs1.083 billion.

The committee member also expressed displeasure for the delay in the tender related to Cargo. The committee was ordered to hold DAC meeting once in a month to enquire the matter thoroughly.

The departmental accounts committee, in this regard, has already taken notice of the inattention to its previous directive and ordered that inordinate delay should be investigated.

About loss due to irregular written-off dues amounting to Rs131 million without any proper investigation, the committee chairman viewed that a wrong way was adopted to deal with the matter. However, he settled the audit objection in this matter.