PIA's Toronto-bound flight encounters 'technical fault', diverted to Karachi

08:37 PM | 18 May, 2024
PIA flight encounters technical fault
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A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight bound for Toronto was diverted to Karachi due to a "technical fault" after take-off, a PIA spokesperson said on Friday. The flight, PK-781, departed from Islamabad late Friday, according to PIA spokesperson Abdullah Khan.

The technical fault was described as "minor," but the captain chose to return rather than continue the long flight over the Atlantic Ocean. "The decision to bring the plane to Karachi was made due to better arrangements at the engineering base and availability of spare parts," Khan explained.

PIA made arrangements for the flight's return to Karachi, as well as food, transportation, and accommodation for passengers. The flight has been rescheduled to depart for Toronto at 1 pm on Saturday.

Pakistan is set to privatize the national airline by June or July, in line with requirements set by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The airline has been facing a financial crisis for several years.

On Friday, the Ministry of Privatization announced that eight business entities have expressed interest in acquiring stakes in PIA. 

This move is part of a broader effort to overhaul Pakistan's public sector entities under a $3 billion short-term loan package agreed upon with the IMF last year to avoid a sovereign debt default.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Currency Rates in Pakistan - PKR to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, Riyal - 20 June 2024

Pakistani rupee rates against US Dollar and other currencies on June 20, 2024 (Thursday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.50 for buying and 280.65 for selling.

Euro's buying rate stands at 296 and selling rate is 299 while British Pound rate is 349.7 for buying, and 353.25 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 74.80 and Saudi Riyal at 72.80.

Forex Rates

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.50 280.65
Euro EUR 296.00 299.00
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349.70 353.25
U.A.E Dirham AED 74.80 75.60
Saudi Riyal SAR 72.80 73.55
Australian Dollar AUD 182.00 184.00
Bahrain Dinar BHD 741.18 749.18
Canadian Dollar CAD 204.00 206.00
China Yuan CNY 38.43 38.83
Danish Krone DKK 40.18 40.58
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.66 36.01
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.90 1.98
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 909.34 909.34
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.30 59.90
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.79 172.79
Norwegian Krone NOK 25.97 26.27
Omani Riyal OMR 723.88 731.88
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.42 77.12
Singapore Dollar SGD 203.65 205.65
Swedish Korona SEK 26.40 26.70
Swiss Franc CHF 311.90 314.40
Thai Baht THB 7.58 7.73


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