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PIA plane impounded in Malaysia over $14m lease dispute

A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane has been held back by Malaysian authorities due to a British court case over $14 million lease dispute. jet’s lease, the airline said on Friday, adding that it would pursue the matter through diplomatic channels.

The Boeing 777 aircraft was seized after a court order, an airline spokesman said, and alternative arrangements were being made for passengers due to fly from Kuala Lumpur back to Pakistan.

Passengers of PIA’s Boeing 777 which was held in Malaysia over a legal dispute will be brought back to Pakistan by Sunday afternoon, the national carrier said.

“The passengers will be moved from Kuala Lumpur to Dubai via two flights by tonight,” PIA spokesperson Abdullah Khan said.

A Qatar Airways flight will take 87 passengers, while an Emirates flight will take the remaining 80 to Dubai. On Sunday afternoon, all these passengers will be brought back to Islamabad, he assured.

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