Islamabad Politics Report/Moazzam Raza Tabassam: The Opposition leader Sherry Rehman has exposed the PMLN govt’s existing aviation policy in senate on Friday. Sherry gave a clear message that the government would not allow the policy to be implemented. We will not let government remove Shaheed Benazir Bhutto name from Islamabad airport.
Despite being under NAB investigation for corruption worth billions, Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has decided to operationalize New Islamabad Airport with effect from 20 April, 2018, Sherry said on floor of house during senate session.
The total cost of new Islamabad airport has jumped from Rs 37 billion to Rs 100 billion. 6 months have passed by since the investigation commenced,sherry added.
CAA has still not provided us the documents which were initially supposed to be produced within 2 weeks. One contract was awarded at a cost of Rs 5.9 billion, which was 232% percent higher than the PC-I estimate of Rs 2.5 billion, Serry Rehman told the house.
We will not accept non-transparent bidding procedures which have resulted in corruption worth billions. Why were Joint Ventures changed behind closed doors?,Sherry put the question.
Commenting regarding Jinnah International in Karachi, Sherry said Pakistan’s busiest airport, does not have many power units and the idea that multiple Airbus A-380s were going to be landing at Islamabad seemed far-fetched! It is Karachi’s air traffic that has swelled 40% over the past 5 years.
Exposing the PIA’s rebranding scheme , Sherry said that the scheme will cost the airline a whopping $1.5 million per plane. Despite losses worth billions, it is extremely shocking that the national carrier will spend a hefty amount on cosmetic changes,Opposition leader Sherry said.
Criticising the government recent decision regarding BISP, Sherry Rehman Said, without any reason, Govt had removed Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto’s photo from (BISP) and now trying to remove her name from new Benazir Bhutto International Airport in Islamabad which is totally unacceptable.
We will not let government remove Shaheed Benazir Bhutto name from Islamabad airport, Sherry tells in clear words to PMLN Govt in senate.