ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday rejected as non-maintainable a petition seeking to stop Minister for Aviation Ghulam Sarwar Khan from performing his duties.
IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah announced this verdict after hearing arguments on the petition.
Advocate Tariq Asad filed the petition, pleading that Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar’s statement about alleged fake or improper licences of pilots has dented the image of the country. He requested the court to constitute a judicial commission to conduct a comprehensive investigation into the issue of dubious licences of pilots and order removal of the minister from his position.
He made the prime minister, National Assembly (NA) speaker, the aviation minister and the Civil Aviation Authority (AA) as respondents through the principal secretary and the secretary aviation.
Last week, the minister had said that as many as 262 pilots, out of a total of 860 in the country, have ‘suspicious flying licences’, who would be grounded immediately.
“Their [pilots] licences are doubtful due to certain reasons including dates of examination and exams. There are some pilots, who did not appear in any paper, out of eight, but managed to get the licences. Among them are those working with the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), Airblue, Serene, private clubs and foreign airlines,” he had said while talking to the media after presenting the interim inquiry report on the PIA plane crash in the parliament.
The European Union Air Safety Agency (EASA) has suspended the operations permit of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) for a period of six months, a spokesperson for the national flag carrier said on Tuesday last.