There is a rumor, as well as some news, that PIA may be sold to Gulf Air. This is our national carrier an asset and Nur Khan’s Airline which was once the pride of the nation and better that many other airlines. I am sure it can be turned around, made profitable if professional people are appointed and the politicians stay out of it. Privatisation has been misused to take control of public assets in the present era and the Sharif brothers seem determined to sell the nation. There should an open debate before the deal is finalised and a bid for anyone who thinks they can turn it around.

DR FARID A. MALIK,

Lahore, September 27.