ISLAMABAD–Pakistan has taken up the matter of issuance of vacation notice to national flag carrier airline Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) by Indian authorities in New Delhi, Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit told media via phone on Monday.
“Yes, we have taken up the matter with the Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and are expecting a meeting in this regard shortly,” the high commissioner said.
A report published on The Hindu on Sunday said that the airline had been issued a notice to “dispose of” its offices in New Delhi as the purchase was declared “unauthorized” by the authorities.
He said that the airline had purchased an office in the heart of New Delhi’s commercial area Connaught Place thereby fulfilling all requirements in 2005 but has now been asked to vacate the offices by Directorate of Enforcement in the Indian government, on the pretext that formalities were not fulfilled properly.
The high commissioner further said that PIA operates a small office in New Delhi since 1976 with two senior employees posted there and that their visas are also nearing expiry.
“The visa extension matter of these employees has also been taken up with the MEA,” said Basit.