PIA: (Dar reimbursed amount for hiring vehicle: PIA)

ISLAMABAD: A Spokesman of Pakistan International Air Lines (PIA) on Monday clarified a news item appeared in a section of media, that alleged PIA paid for a vehicle to transport Finance Minister’s passport to Islamabad for affixation of visa.

The PIA Spokesman clarified that return flight from Beijing, that Finance Minister was aboard, was diverted to Lahore due to bad weather and he urgently needed visa for onward travel to Iran as part of Prime Minister’s entourage.

“The amount spent on the hiring of vehicle to transport his passport to Islamabad for affixation of visa was reimbursed to PIA by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar from his own pocket”, the spokesman said.