In a significant development, the caretaker federal cabinet has granted approval for the restructuring of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) and the privatisation of First Women Bank Limited.

This decision, based on recommendations put forth by the Privatisation Division, aims to address the financial challenges faced by PIA in recent years.

The pivotal meeting of the federal cabinet, presided over by Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar ul Haq Kakar, saw the submission of restructuring recommendations by the Privatisation Division.


It was highlighted during the session that PIA has been grappling with financial losses over an extended period.

Previous cabinet meetings had already endorsed the appointment of a financial advisor, whose role is integral to the financial and administrative restructuring of PIA.

The cabinet was briefed on the progress, indicating that the financial advisor has devised a comprehensive financial restructuring plan aligned with international norms.

Under this plan, PIA is set to undergo a division into two distinct entities: Top-Co and Hold-Co. The core operations of PIA, including engineering, ground handling, cargo, flight kitchen, and training, will be consolidated under Top-Co.

On the other hand, entities such as Precision Engineering Complex, PIA Investment Limited, properties, and other subsidiaries will find their place within Hold-Co.

This strategic restructuring aims not only to address the financial challenges faced by PIA but also to attract potential investors.

The cabinet has been briefed on the measures undertaken to enhance the attractiveness of PIA for investment, laying the groundwork for a positive trajectory in the airline’s future.