Malaysian authorities seized a Pakistan International Airlines Boeing 777 aircraft at Kuala Lumpur Airport on Friday.
The PIA plane was seized on the orders of a local Malaysian court over the non-payment of aircraft lease dues, sources disclosed.
PIA had leased two aircraft, including the Boeing-777, from a Vietnamese company in 2015.
After the passengers had boarded the plane, the plane was seized. The source said that 18 staff members of the plane were also stranded in Kuala Lumpur due to seizures and will now be quarantined for 14 days in accordance with the agreement.
Meanwhile, the national flag carrier said that the PIA aircraft has been held back on the orders of a local court in Malaysia which, it argued, has taken a one-sided decision pertaining to a legal dispute between PIA and another party pending in a UK court.
“The passengers are being looked after and alternate arrangements for their travel have been finalised,” read a tweet shared by PIA on its official account.