Supreme Court of Pakistan SC while expressing dissatisfaction on the reports of Civil Aviation Authority and Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), on Tuesday; has ordered to register criminal cases against officers issuing fake licenses.
According to the details, SC of Pakistan on Tuesday took up the case related to alleged issuance of dubious/fake licences to pilots of the national flag carrier. MD PIA Arshad Mahmood Malik appeared in court.
During the proceedings MD PIA said in his statement that 750 employees with fake degrees have been fired, Those involved in the recruitment have also been fired.
Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Gulzar Ahmed remarked that people have left travelling in the national flag carrier.
MD PIA said Arshad Malik said “There were 141 fake licensed pilots in PIA” to which Court asked; Why does PIA need 450 pilots?
Arshad Malik said fifteen pilots were suspended by me over fake licences,
Arshad Malik added that “I can only suspend pilots, whereas CAA has the firing authority.
After hearing the arguments, the court while expressing dissatisfaction on the reports of Civil Aviation Authority and Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) ordered to register criminal cases against officers issuing fake licenses.
The court also ordered to submit report within two weeks.
In hearing on July 12, CAA informed the Supreme Court that the authority had restricted access to its licensing and examination system after the recent disclosure about dubious pilot licences.
Only the authorised systems located at the pilot licensing branch and examination hall, Islamabad, had access to the examination application server.
At the previous hearing on June 25, the SC had summoned the CAA director general and sought an explanation regarding the alleged issuance of dubious/fake licences to the pilots who flew passenger aircraft of different airlines, thus putting the lives of people at stake.
It may be recalled that The European Union Aviation Safety Agency has also suspended PIA’s authorization to fly to the bloc for six months.
The UAE had also demanded that Pakistan clarify which of the personnel had fake licenses and who were suspects.