Thursday, March 22, 2012
PIA has Filed A Lawsuit Against Transparency International Pakistan
PIA has filed a lawsuit against Transparency International Pakistan and 17 others for permanent injunction in SHC at Karachi for restraining continuing malicious and baseless campaign regarding purchase of five aircraft from Boeing Company. The next hearing of the case has been fixed for March 29, 2012. The plaintiff Pakistan International Airlines Corporation has pleaded that Defendant No.1 Messrs Transparency International in connivance with other defendants has launched a campaign against PIA, maligning and defaming the same by claiming that the deal between Boeing Company and plaintiff is “shady” and in violation of procurement laws and that the same had no approval of PPRA. It is pertinent to mention that the representatives of plaintiff time and again clarified the so called allegation of defendant No. 1 and said that the allegations were incorrect, malicious and baseless. But despite that the defendants continued their malicious campaign and threatened to continue unless the deal is called off. The MD of the plaintiff (PIA) also appeared before the Senate Standing Committee of Defence and Defence Production and clarified every aspect of the transaction, where the said Standing Committee appeared to be satisfied for the transaction under reference.
The Defendant No.1 (Messrs Transparency International) in order to harass and malign the plaintiff approached the NAB and got such news published in the newspapers of the Defendants No.2 to No. 8. The said campaign of maligning and defaming the plaintiff was launched by the defendants knowing well that the transaction between the plaintiff and the Boeing was transparent and strictly in accordance with Rule 42 (c) of the Public Procurement Rules 2004. The lawsuit (No 232/2012) further stated that in view of the facts, circumstances and grounds stated herein, the defendants are required to restrain from continuing the malicious and baseless campaign regarding purchase of five aircrafts, Model Boeing 777 ER from the Boeing Company. It further said that the past conduct of the defendants proves the fact that they are bent upon causing harm and injury to the good name of the plaintiff.