KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday stopped Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) CEO Air Marshal Arshad Malik from performing his functions as the airline’s chief executive officer.
A petition challenging Malik’s appointment as the CEO by Safdar Anjum, the general secretary of the airline’s Senior Staff Association (SASA), was filed at the high court.
The petition stated Malik did not fulfil the educational requirements of the post neither did he have any relevant experience for the job.
During proceedings of the case, the two-member bench issued directives to stop the PIA CEO from performing his functions. The court also stopped the airline from transferring, hiring or firing employees.
The high court also stopped the PIA from buying or selling assets. The bench said the national flag bearer could not sell assets worth over rupees one crore or make policies for the time being.
The SHC issued a notice to the deputy general to appear before the court on January 22 in relation to the case.
Prior to joining the PIA, Malik was serving as the vice chief of the air staff. He is a graduate of the National Defence University (NDU) and took part in the Air Command and Staff Course in the US.
Malik has served for more than 40 years in the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) before he was appointed as the airline’s chief executive officer.
He was appointed as PIA chairman on October 11, 2018, by the federal government. On April 2, 2019, he was appointed the national flag carrier’s CEO.