Cartons from New York to Aiwan-e- Sadr remain a mystery

NEW YORK: Dispatching dozens of cartons to key functionary of Aiwan-e- Sadr through national airlines from New York has become a shrouded mystery.

As per details 5 dozen cartons were sent from New York to Lahore by PIA flight PK-722 ON Tuesday which bore the address of a key functionary of Aiwan-e-Sadr. Defence minister Ahmad Mukhtar also returned to Pakistan by this flight after attending the strategic dialogue.

Sources told about 60 cartons were taken to PIA country airport counter which were loaded without any passenger against US laws. While 50 cartons were booked from cargo on Thursday by PK-724 flight. No record in this regard was available.

According to PIA sources these 50 cartons were sent by cargo under the directives of Pakistan ambassador to US, Hussain Haqqani and no fare of these cartons was charged. Nor any airway bill was prepared.

Cargo manager Air Taloja has shown ignorance of the entire matter. On the other hand Tariq Yasin, a close aide of president Asif Ali Zardari and recently appointed country manager of PIA was present on air port to see off Ahmad Mukhtar, defence minister and chairman PIA.

Replying to a question he said he did not know under whose directives these cartons were sent adding he had returned from air port soon.

When the spokesman of Pakistan embassy was contacted in this regard, matter was neither contradicted nor confirmed.

As per a cautious estimate, national exchequer was inflicted loss to the tune of over 100000 dollars this way. PIA on the other hand can face dire consequences for violating US laws.

Well placed sources told that the cartons sent by ambassador Hussain Haqqani by cargo contained books of Benazir Bhutto while the cartons dispatched from the counter of PK-722 contained costly goods. They carried the label of a very important figure of Aiwan-e-Sadr. PIA station manager Ali ud Din did not give reply to any call.

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