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Chairman Transparency International Pakistan called on MD-PIA.

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Karachi, Jan 13, 2010: Syed Adil Gilani, Chairman Transparency International (T.I) called on the MD-PIA at his office to discuss ways and means for bringing transparency and accountability in the airline’s procurement policy so that allegations by the vested interest to discredit the national flag carrier may be contested in true national sprit.

Capt. Aijaz Haroon, Managing Director, Pakistan International Airlines invited Syed Adil Gilani, Chairman, Transparency International Pakistan (T.I) to be an observer on the process of awarding major procurement contract by the Corporation. PIA spokesman said here on Tuesday.

MD-PIA informed the Chairman T. I. that all the purchases in PIA are carried out with strict compliance of Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA). Tender Notices are published in print media and also displayed on the PIA and PPRA web-sites the contract goes to the lowest bidder and as per PPRA rules no negotiations are done with the parties.

To further strengthen accountability and transparency within PIA; Mr. Aijaz Haroon volunteered ‘Third Party Observers’ for overseeing the awarding of major contract by PIA through a senior team of T. I.

Syed Adil Gilani, Chairman T. I. accepted the responsibility. From henceforth the process of awarding procurement contract by the PIA would be under study by the Transparency International Pakistan to remove doubts, if any, in public mind and invite support from the Civil Society for the growth and progress of the national airline.