The Pakistani government of Imran Khan has allowed 110 of the 141 Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) pilots suspended over a bogus dispute to fly again. These pilots will fly the plane again after being suspended for months. The licenses of these pilots were suspended after they were named in a bogus credential dispute. Senior Pakistani lawyer Salman Akram Raja, representing PIA, gave the information to the Supreme Court on Monday.
Pakistani government gave information to Supreme Court
A three-member bench led by Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed heard the appeal from Air Marshal Arshad Malik, managing director of PIA. This appeal was filed by Malik against the order of the Sindh High Court. According to Dawn News, Raja said the PIA approved the licenses of 110 pilots while revoking the licenses of 15. At the same time, 14 pilots were declared unfit to fly the aircraft. In some cases, the decision is still pending.
Corruption exposed after Karachi plane crash
Judge Omar Ata Bandayal asked what steps the airline had taken to investigate the suspended licenses. After that, the above information was received. On May 22 of this year, a PIA plane crashed in Karachi, as a result of which a licensing issue arose. Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan told media outlets that of the 860 active pilots in the country, 260 had fake licenses or cheated on the exam.
The European Union refused to lift the ban
Recently, European Union countries refused to lift the ban on PIA flights. The European Union has strongly stated that it is not satisfied with the action of the Civil Aviation Authority of Pakistan in dealing with the licensing process and safety concerns. In July 2020, member countries of the European Union imposed a six-month ban on bogus pilot licenses in Pakistan.
US, EU ban PIA flights, bogus pilots in Pakistan
40% of fake pilots in Pakistan
Civil Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan, while presenting the investigation report to Parliament since the Karachi plane crash, said 40% of PIA’s pilot licenses were bogus. There are a total of 860 commercial pilots in Pakistan. The minister said the pilots under investigation were recruited before the Imran Khan government took office.
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Many countries have banned PIA
Besides the European Union, many other countries around the world have also banned PIA flights. It also includes Muslim countries such as Kuwait, Iran, Malaysia, Jordan, and UAE. Who do not rely on Pakistan pilots. The United States had also raised concerns about Pakistan’s bogus pilots.