Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Aviation Ghulam Sarwar Khan’s statement on the fake licenses of 262 pilots has raised suspicions around the world regarding the licenses and certificates issued by the Civil Aviation Authority of Pakistan. The European Union’s Air Safety Agency has suspended PIA’s air operations permits for European countries for six months, while the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has suspended civil service for Pakistani pilots and engineers working in its country. An explanation has been sought from the Aviation Authority.
Saif Mohammad Al-Sawadi, Director General of the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority, wrote a letter to Pakistan’s DG Civil Aviation Hassan Nasir Jami requesting him to check the data of more than 50 Pakistani pilots and aviation engineers working in the UAE. In order to ensure the safety of air travel.
The letter said that following the recent announcement of fake licenses by Pakistan’s aviation minister, the UAE’s Civil Aviation Authority has requested that Pakistani civil aviation should look at the list of pilots working in the UAE. The licenses issued to them by the agency should be verified.
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The letter said the pilots were issued UAE pilot licenses on the basis of Pakistani civil aviation licenses.
“Please clarify further the ‘fake’ and ‘suspicious’ so that we can take immediate action to protect air travel,” the letter added.
The UAE DG Civil Aviation wrote that the UAE also employs a number of Pakistani aircraft maintenance engineers and flight operations officers who have been employed there on the basis of licenses issued by the Civil Aviation Authority of Pakistan. Therefore, if any compromise has been made in the training system of such officers, an explanation should also be provided.
The letter includes a list of 50 pilots and four flight operations officers from Pakistan.
On the other hand, after the European Union Aviation Safety Agency, the British Civil Aviation Authority has also decided to suspend PIA flights.
Earlier, the European Union Air Safety Agency suspended PIA’s air operations permits for European countries for six months after a case of fake PIA pilots’ licenses came to light.
All PIA flights to Europe were temporarily canceled as a result of the suspension of the permit.
Speaking to Urdu News, PIA spokesman Abdullah Hafeez had confirmed that from July 1, PIA flights would not be allowed to land in Europe for six months.
However, the PIA reiterated that flights were allowed for three days (July 3) before the ban was imposed.