A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) aircraft was held back today by a local court in Malaysia, taking “a one-sided decision” pertaining to a legal dispute between PIA and another party pending in a UK court, according to a PIA spokesperson. The stranded passengers will be departing for their destination on an alternate flight tonight.

The flight PK-895 landed in Kuala Lumpur from Karachi today. Boeing 777 was on lease at PIA from a Vietnamese company.

The passengers are being looked after and alternate arrangements for their travel have been finalized, PIA said. PIA has deemed the incident “an unacceptable situation” and engaged the support from the Government of Pakistan to take up this matter using diplomatic channels.

Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mr Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri has said that the Pakistani High Commision in Malaysia is in close contact with PIA and the relevant Malaysian authorities to address the issue at the earliest. They will be departing Kuala Lumpur by EK 343 later tonight, he said.


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