As part of a legal conflict between the airline and another group, a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane was detained in Malaysia, the national flag carrier said on Friday.
“In a statement posted on Twitter, the airline said: “A local court in Malaysia has held back a PIA aircraft to take a one-sided decision on a legal dispute between PIA and another group pending in a UK court.
“The passengers are being looked after and alternate arrangements for their travel have been finalised,” the statement added.
It is an inappropriate situation and PIA has obtained assistance from the Government of Pakistan to use diplomatic channels to deal with this issue.
Commenting on the legal case, Dawn.com was told by the airline’s spokesman that it was a “payment dispute between us and the party Perigreen” that was lodged some six months earlier in UK courts.
The spokesman declined to include additional information on the case, noting that a ‘ex-parte order causing hardship to the passengers who had already boarded the aircraft’ was made by the Malaysian judge.