Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) fired 52 employees on charges of forgery or tampering with degrees, violating rules, and providing unauthorized government information to the media.
According to the reports, certificates of appreciation were also given to 11 employees for their full commitment in performing their duties.
Following the revelation in the National Assembly that the degrees of some pilots are questionable, the national airline recently grounded 140 of its pilots.
The letter sent to the employees from PIA’s HR department said, “Discipline is very important for any organization that binds employees and encourages them to abide by the rules of the organization. And loyal employees must be appreciated and punished in accordance with the law in an impartial inquiry. ”
According to the letter, 25 employees were fired for fake/bogus / revoked degrees and documents, 21 were fired for the long absence and one employee was fired for violating rules and regulations.
The letter further said that unauthorized provision of government information in social and mainstream media led to the dismissal of two employees.
In addition, two other employees were demoted for violating the rules, and one faced with pay cuts for absenteeism.
In this regard, the PIA spokesperson said that the management also awarded certificates of appreciation to 11 employees for their excellent professionalism and hard work.
The spokesman further said that the management was ensuring strict discipline in the organization and at the same time acknowledging the professionalism and hard work of the employees.
Keep in mind that PIA is already facing serious problems with pilots with fake or dubious degrees.
These problems started with the statement made by Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan while presenting the report of the plane crash in the National Assembly that 262 out of 860 pilots of PIA i.e. about 30% are pilots whose licenses are fake. Those who have not taken the test themselves or have no experience of flying.
Later, in a special press conference, he alleged that fake licenses of 28 pilots had been verified at the agency.
On the same day, the PIA administration took action and decided to ground 150 of its pilots and later clarified in a statement that the issue of fake or suspicious degrees was not only related to PIA.
After the federal minister’s statement, Vietnam’s civil aviation was the first to suspend about 20 pilots working for local airlines.
Following this, on June 30, the European Union Air Safety Agency (EASA) temporarily suspended the European International Airlines (PIA) European Air License for six months, effective July 3. ۔
On the same day, the United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) removed the Pakistani airline from its ‘recommended list’.
On July 1, the Civil Aviation Authority of the United Kingdom announced a ban on Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flights from its three airports, while the United Arab Emirates also operated with the Civil Aviation Authority in various airlines. Requested verification of data of Pakistani pilots and engineers.
Yesterday, Malaysia’s aviation regulator says it has temporarily suspended pilots with Pakistani licenses employed by local airlines.