Dubious licences issue
Seven Pak pilots, 56 engineers grounded by Kuwait Airways
ISLAMABAD: Foreign airlines are said to have started action against Pakistani employees on the matter of suspicious licences of pilots.
As per media reports, Kuwait airlines has grounded seven Pakistani pilots and 56 engineers while lists of Pakistani pilots, engineers and ground handling staff have been prepared by Qatar, Oman and Vietnam airlines. Decision has been taken to keep Pakistani staff grounded unless the report about them is received from Pakistan authorities.
On the other hand CEO PIA has sent letters to embassies and international aviation authorities about the pilots holding genuine licences.
In a strong reaction to Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan’s remarks about fake licenses of pilots, Pakistan Air Line Pilots’ Association (Palpa) President Chaudhry Salman Saturday said the federal minister’s statements had jeopardised the jobs of the Pakistani pilots across the world.
“We reserve the right to file a defamation suit against the aviation minister,” Chaudhry said, addressing a press conference in Karachi. “We haven’t come here to protect 141 pilots but to fight our survival war. The list issued by Ghulam Sarwar Khan is baseless.”
He said the list issued by the aviation minister is itself dubious and replete with errors.
Pakistani pilots are extremely distressed, he said. The Palpa president said the federal minister did this as he wanted to divert attention from the air crash. Moreover, the federal minister wanted to save a particular group, he said.
Chaudhry Salman demanded the chief justice of Pakistan constitute a probe commission, saying pilots are willing to take part in any proceedings under the court.
He also pinpointed that the Civil Aviation Authority didn’t issue show-cause notices to any pilot so far.
The air crash investigations are carried out the world over in order to stem any future possibility of untoward incident, stressed Salman. The probes are not meant to shift the blame onto a single person, he said, adding, the same Pakistani pilots fly aircraft outside the country but no accident ever takes place.
Aviation minister Ghulam Sarwar on Friday had announced that the credentials of 262 pilots were “dubious” and thus they will be barred from flying.
The pilots in the line of fire include 141 from PIA, nine from Air Blue, and 10 from Serene Airline, said the minister.
The rest of the 262 belong to flying clubs or chartered plane services, he said. He said all the airlines and the clubs had been conveyed that: “Their credentials are dubious, and they shouldn’t be allowed to fly.”
Khan said that a total of 753 pilots are serving in Pakistani airlines, while 107 are serving in foreign airlines bringing the number to 860.
Dubious licences issue