‘Dubious’ pilot licences

PTI ministers defend decision to make public inquiry

Statesman Report

ISLAMABAD: Ministers of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) on Thursday defended the government’s decision to make the public the inquiry into ‘dubious licences’ issued to pilots by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), in the aftermath of an investigation into a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane crash in Karachi.

Speaking at a press conference in Islamabad alongside Information Minister Shibli Faraz and PM’s aide Shahzad Akbar, Minister for Maritime Affairs Ali Haider Zaidi said when the PTI government came into power, it discovered some "irregularities" in the CAA.

"We verified the charges and immediately 54 people were grounded and a detailed forensic inquiry was initiated under wraps of the whole organisation," he said.

He said that the inquiry found that a new licensing system was introduced in 2010. Out of all the licenses granted till 2018, the inquiry found that there were 236 which had irregularities, he said, adding that the pilots were then grounded and suspended.