ISLAMABAD  - Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit on Monday took up with the Indian authorities the issue of extension of PIA staff’s visas, diplomatic sources said.

Sources in the Foreign Office said that Pakistan’s High Commissioner on Monday met with senior officials in the Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) for the resolution of the issue.

PIA operates a small office in New Delhi with two senior employees of the national flag carrier posted there and their visas are nearing expiry.

Meanwhile, PIA spokesman ruled out any imminent threat to flight operations to New Delhi.

“PIA is taking all necessary measures to safeguard and protect its assets and there is no imminent threat to close PIA’s flight operations to New Delhi as highlighted in sections of the press,” the spokesman said.

The spokesman stated that PIA has been maintaining its offices and business in Delhi for more than three decades.

“In 2005 PIA had acquired immoveable property in New Delhi for the purpose of running its offices, for which PIA had completed all necessary formalities for the acquisition of these properties,” the spokesman maintained.

He said after a period of over nine years the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), through a letter dated 24 November 2014, had objected that PIA purchased these properties in New Delhi without its permission.