Azam Saigol resigns as PIA chairman

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Azam Saigol resigned Monday as the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) chairman days after a PIA aircraft crashed near Abbottabad killing 47 people on board.

According to a spokesperson for the national flag carrier, Saigol resigned over personal reasons.

The government had appointed the noted industrialist and a member of the board of directors of Pakistan International Airlines as chairman of the national flag carrier in May 2016.

Saigol was appointed after the previous chairman, Nasser Jaffer, resigned amid the controversy resulting from the countrywide strike by the airlines’ employees over the government’s reported privatisation plans.