Ex-PIA chief wants to return to Pakistan to face allegations, but ‘facing obstacles’

Published: November 8, 2017
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Bernd Hildenbrand. PHOTO: PIA

Bernd Hildenbrand. PHOTO: PIA

KARACHI: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) former CEO Bernd Hilden has shown his willingness to return to Pakistan to respond to the allegations levelled against him. However, he is being barred by a few ‘influential ‘figures.

These people, sources revealed, fear that Hilden will expose important facts about PIA.

The national carrier’s administration had issued a show cause notice to him demanding an explanation over selling a flight-worthy aircraft (A-310) of the airlines to a German museum at a throwaway price. The notice bore signatures of the former HR director. Hilden’s lawyer had later submitted a detailed answer to it.

Sources close to Hilden claimed that director transport Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) was approached for granting permission to send the aircraft to Germany. Without CAA’s permission, no aircraft can fly from the airport.

PIA CEO barred from travelling abroad

On the directives of the high officials of PIA, the permission for getting deregistration from Pakistan Civil Aviation was submitted. The aircraft first landed in Malta and then reached Germany.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan Consulate in Germany is not issuing a visa to Hilden.

Sources further stated that if the Pakistan Consulate in Germany does not issue a visa to him, he will hold a Skype press conference in Karachi and Islamabad. When Hilden’s name was added to the Exit Control List (ECL), the German Counsel based in Islamabad met prime minister and former interior minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan.

The German consulate then held high-level meetings with government officials to remove Hilden’s name from the ECL.

After approval from the PIA board and association division on May 10 for a month, Bernd Hilden left for Germany.

During this time, his name was removed from the no-fly list and was granted permission to travel abroad.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • Sajid
    Nov 8, 2017 - 5:42PM

    Good News!Recommend

  • AQ
    Nov 8, 2017 - 7:35PM

    He is facing obstacles may because he is clean and ready to give the truth, it will be PIA and Ministers would be exposed as criminal in this case or may be current PM who is business to tear down PIA to surge his revenue through Air Blue. Which is why Consulate is not issuing him visa.Recommend

  • Raed
    Nov 8, 2017 - 8:22PM

    The airbus 310 was a junk aircraft so selling it at a throw away price was justified as the plane exceeded 20 years. PIA IS CORRUPTEd to the core and blaming the foreigner is the easiest thing they can do right now! i hope he does a Skype session and exposes the people and the union leaders that are responsible for the losses.Recommend

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