ISLAMABAD: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has intensified efforts to take back the control of hotel Larkana Inn from the Sindh government.
Mr. Arshad Malik, CEO PIA has raised the issue of the Sambara Inn Hotel at both the federal and provincial levels, said sources in the airline. Malik informed the Senate Standing Committee on Aviation that the airline has decided to take administrative control of the hotel away from the Sindh tourism department and bring it back in the airline’s hands.
“The property rights of the Sambara Inn Hotel located in Larkana rest only with the PIA, which constructed it 45 years ago,” the sources quoted Malik as telling the Senate panel.
The airline built the 46-room air-conditioned Sambara Inn Hotel on a five-acre stretch in Larkana in 1974. It only remained under PIA control for five years, however. Then, in 1994, the government of PM Benazir Bhutto handed over administrative charge of the hotel to the Sindh tourism department.
According to sources in PIA, the infrastructure of the Sambara Inn Hotel is continuously being damaged due to lack of attention from the provincial authorities running it. “The issue of the hotel has been raised with the Sindh government, but no reply has been received so far,” PIA Spokesperson Mashood Khan Tajwar told.