Pakistan Defence Minister Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar admitted in the Senate yesterday that Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) was in a very bad shape but said honest collective efforts, not his resignation, would restore its health. “I am ready to resign if that alone can improve the situation in PIA. Let me go as I have not been living on my salary as federal minister,” he said, implicitly accepting the criticism that the airline was in precarious health because it was overstaffed with workers recruited without merit. But he said that since 2008 PIA had suffered a loss of Rs34 billion because

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