ISLAMABAD – The government decided to privatise three airports amidst the dissent of high officials who have been made OSD on the allegation of slowing the pace of privatisation.
As privatisation remains the most contention issue in Pakistan, the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif defiantly goes ahead with privatising three vital airports under the controversial phenomenon of an executive order.
On the other hand, joint secretary Aviation and deputy secretary of Law Division have been made OSD on the allegation of slowing the pace of privatisation.
The government has decided to give the managerial and functions of these three airports including Jinnah Airport Karachi, Alama Iqbal International Airport and New Islamabad Airport to the private sector while the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has also issued an advertisement regarding privatisation.
Economist views that privatisation is only preferred in the loss-making state institutions to lessen the burden on the national exchequer and to provide an ease to the society.
The CAA sources said that privatisation is being carried out under the newly sanctioned aviation policy of the federal cabinet.
However, experts view that merely acting on the executive orders is not enough to proceed with such a sensitive matter because the government can only resort to the executive order in an emergency situation or when parliament is not in session.
According to Pakistan Tribe correspondent, the government actions to privatise three airports are being conducted under the new Aviation Policy. All the landing and take-off including its functioning are being outsourced.
It is pertinent to mention that Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) exist on a government land which among the beneficial organisations as it generate revenue of Rs 50 billion.