Islamabad: Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Friday has completed inquiry into fake pilot license case and arrested six officers of Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).
According to detailed information, a private person, 40 pilots and eight government employees were also nominated in the three cases. The agency said the pilot had passed a fake inspection to obtain a license.
Earlier, the Chief Justice of Pakistan, Gulzar Ahmed, noticed the false licenses granted to Pakistani pilots and asked the Civil Aviation Administration to reply that the false licenses were issued to pilots.
Judge Gulzar expressed shock at the facts shared by Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar at the National Assembly (NA) meeting. The leader said that the pilot and the Civil Aviation Administration were to blame for the crash and told him that the 15-year-old plane was not malfunctioning.
The point to be mentioned here is that a total of 262 pilots are said to be forged. PIA Chief Executive Field Marshal Arshad Malik summoned his legal and flight operations team to determine the appropriate course of action.
The government also decided to take severe action against all pilots who fly planes with false licenses. The Civil Aviation Administration has found the list of these pilots to immediately ground them until the investigation is over.
Among 400 PIA pilots, 150 captains were found to have obtained false permits.
Later, Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Shibli Faraz said that 28 pilots of PIA with fake and dubious licenses were dismissed from the service.
Briefing the media after cabinet meeting with Prime Minister Imran Khan in the chair, he said that an action was started against officials of PIA and Civil Aviation Authority, responsible for issuing fake licenses.
He read out a statement, which stated: “28 pilots, whose licenses were found suspect and against whom disciplinary proceedings were completed, have been dismissed from service. Proceedings against the remaining are continuing and will be expedited: both disciplinary and criminal proceedings.
All those who were found to be licensed during the investigation were suspended. All others are cleared. All national and international stakeholders have been notified. “