Vice Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Arshad Malik new PIA Chief

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Interior ministry to review ECL

Zahid Chaudhary

Islamabad

The government has directed Interior Ministry to review Exit Control List and remove the names of innocent people fro their. The decision was taken at the cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan here on Thursday.
Briefing newsmen after cabinet meeting, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhary said over three thousand people are on ECL and all of them are not guilty. The Minister said the cabinet discussed at length the procedure and course of action for the newly launched Naya Pakistan Housing Programme by the Prime Minister. He said it was decided that state lands would be kept as collateral to banks while people will build their houses on that land.
Fawad said we have retrieved thousands of kanals of land from encroachment mafia which will be utilized for this purpose in addition to spare lands owned by some government departments.
He said Apna Ghar Authority will start working in two months’ time to build five million houses for people as promised in the PTI manifesto.
The Minister said cabinet decided to appoint Air Vice Marshal Arshad Mahmodod Malik as PIA chief to oversee affairs of the national airline. He said PIA is under debt burden of 406 billion rupees with a monthly operational loss of two billion rupees.
“PIA is in a debt of Rs406 billion,” Chauhdry further said while adding that the national carrier is facing a debt of Rs2 billion every month. “The new chairman of the national carrier has been directed to “immediately fix the institution’s economic condition,” he added.
“Pakistan’s condition is like that of a house looted by thieves. Those responsible for the country’s current state should be taken to court,” he added.
He said advertisements have been placed in media for appointment of new CEO of the airline. The Minister said restructuring plan of the PIA has also been submitted to Finance Minister.

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