KARACHI: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has sacked over 50 employees, including pilots and cabin crew for holding fake degrees.
A statement by the national carrier said that the employees have been fired on the instructions of the Supreme Court in a fake degrees case. Chief Justice Saqib Nisar had taken notice of alleged appointment of pilots holding fake qualifications in January this year.
A two-member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar on Tuesday issued a deadline of December 28 to Civil Aviation Authority for completing the verifications of the degrees of pilots.
Keeping in view of the proceedings of Supreme Court of Pakistan against fake-degree-holder pilots and fake-certificate-holder cabin crews, the Director General of Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Hassan Baig issued directives to suspend the licenses of referred pilots and cabin crews with immediate effect.
He also issued directives to suspend the licenses of all those pilots and cabin crews who have not yet submitted their degrees and certificates. Their licenses will remain suspended till they submit their referred documents for verification.
DG CAA also ordered to extend the defect liability period of all contractors of Islamabad International Airport for six months owing to their dissatisfactory performance.
Earlier, he already had directed to extend the defect liability period of the contractor of boarding bridges of Islamabad Airport M/s Adelte for one year because of their disappointing performance.