Transport Ministry: No statement on held-back PIA plane due to ongoing UK court case

PETALING JAYA: The Transport Ministry will not issue any statement over claims that a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane, which is involved in a legal tussle in the UK, was held back by Malaysian authorities on Friday (Jan 15).

"In view that the aircraft is detained while awaiting inter-partes court proceedings set for Jan 24, the ministry will not issue a statement out of respect for the ongoing legal process," it said in a statement.

In a statement earlier Friday, a PIA spokesman confirmed that the PIA aircraft was held back by a local court in Malaysia over a legal dispute between PIA and another party pending in the UK courts.

The spokesman said the court's decision was a "one-sided decision pertaining to a legal dispute", adding that the situation was unacceptable and that the airline was seeking support from the Pakistani government to raise the matter diplomatically.

It did not say where the plane was being held, or give details of the court case.

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