The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) on Tuesday cleared the licences of 18 Pakistani pilots working for Oman’s SalamAir after the Arab country’s civil aviation requested for the verification and clearance of the Pakistani pilots working in Oman’s airline company.
The names of the pilots cleared by the CAA Pakistan are Captain Fawad Shahab, Sheikh Saifullah, Mohammad Bilal Malik, Mohammad Javed, and Mohammad Rashid.
Moreover, the licences of Captain Muhammad Athar Iqbal, Muhammad Asif, Farhan Khan, Babar Sultan, Farrukh Bhatti, Sajjad Malik were also cleared. Whereas, Captain Zia-ul-Haq, Natasha Sultan, Abbas Rizvi, Omar Jafar, and 3 other captains received clearances from the authority.
On July 18, the CAA had suspended licences of 34 pilots of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) suspected of holding fake degrees.
The notification issued by the aviation authority had said that the licenses will remain suspended till the inquiry against the pilots has not been completed.
Separately, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) had also ordered its member states to bar Pakistani pilots from working.
Last year, The Supreme Court (SC) had directed to verify the degrees of employees working in Pakistan International Airlines (PIA).
As per details, the petitioner had claimed officials received their academic degrees without even going to university.
Responding to the arguments, the court remarked apparently, it looks like that the degrees have been awarded through some illegal process.
Subsequently, the apex court had ordered to check the degrees and adjourned the hearing for one month.
Earlier, PIA had sacked 50 cabin crew members and three pilots for holding fake degrees.
The spokesperson of the airlines said that the action taken on the instructions of the Supreme Court.