Khawaja Saad Rafique has denied rumours that Pakistan's airports will be sold to Qatar.
ISLAMABAD: Railway Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique said on Friday that approximately 200,000 Pakistanis are actually employed in Qatar, with another 100,000 on the way.

In a press conference following Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif's official visit to Doha, the minister stated that the journey was extremely beneficial.His remarks came after Qatar made the announcement a $3 billion investment in Pakistan. The minister went on to say that the Gulf sovereign country will invest in a variety of sectors, including the seaport.

He denied rumours about the selling of Pakistan's airports to Qatar, trying to blame propagandists for the failure of the Prime Minister's visit.

"Airports will remain 100% owned by Pakistan," the minister said, adding that now the government intends to improve its airports but that no offer to purchase shares of the aerodrome was made during in the visit."No country sells its airports," Rafiq pointed out, adding that the outsourcing model is used all over the world.

According to the minister, airports in India and Turkey are also run on this model. He also denied rumours about the purchase of Pakistan Airlines (PIA) and the Roosevelt Guesthouse in New York, saying it was "not on the table."

"At least 11 of the country's 42 airports are not operational," this same minister said, revealing the number of operational airports. Rafiq went on to say that Islamabad's airport is only half full."We have not sought a loan from Qatar, nor have we had any talks about it," the minister said, urging serious people to avoid such conversations and to celebrate new investments in Qatar.

He went on to say that those going to spread rumours are attempting to jeopardise potential job opportunities for 100,000 Pakistanis.