KARACHI: The administration of the national flag-carrier, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), has decided to transfer officers belonging to different departments to Islamabad, ARY News reported on Saturday.
The transfers are likely to be made in MIS, Security, Vigilance Departments where many officers were reportedly asked verbally to report to Islamabad office on Tuesday (June 25).
Sources told ARY News that the verbal instructions were given to officers of Pay Group – V and above for their transfers, whereas, the written directives for more than 75 officers are expected to be issued on Monday.
The latest series of transfers is apparently a sign of a shift of PIA headquarters to the federal capital, however, no official confirmation is made so far.
The spokesperson of the national flag-carrier was contacted to confirm the latest development but he expressed unawareness regarding the decision for new transfers.
It is pertinent to mention here that the Federal Minister for Aviation Ghulam Sarwar Khan had denied the opposition’s concerns raised over the shifting of the airlines’ headquarters to the federal capital from Karachi. He, however, apprised the Senate that some of its departments are being moved to Islamabad.
PIA management had earlier decided to make large-scale transfers of pilots but its implementation was delayed following pressure of Pakistan Airlines Pilots Association (Palpa).
Earlier on April 28, the PIA administration had transferred 85 flight attendants from Karachi to Islamabad.
PIA administration, in a notification, directed concerned stewards and stewardesses to report to Base Incharge Flight Services in Islamabad for further assignment of duties within six days following the recent transfers.
The notification stated that special allowances will be given to the flight attendants for transportation as married officials will get one month allowance and unmarried personnel will be provided 15 days allowance besides provision of free air passage including their families (if married).
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