LAHORE – The PIA management has fired the Deputy Managing Director of the national flag carrier M Salim Sayani, an American nationality-holder who had been appointed against a hefty salary of $20,000 per month in addition to other perks and privileges.

Besides that, the management has also sacked marketing director Haider Talal.

The agreement for hiring Mr Sayani’s services had been signed on July 16, 2009 and his contract was valid for two years and further extendable up to two additional terms from the date of his appointment. Apart from the salary, the DMD had enjoyed full medical facility, a five-star hotel room for three months at Karachi and family accommodation at Dubai. The employee had also been entitled to seven per cent annual increment.

A PIA senior officer seeking anonymity said technical delays were on the raise at an alarming rate since the said DMD took over his charge. Sources said his dismissal was a  good step by PIA in the right direction.