Federal Minister for Aviation Chaudhry Ghulam Sarwar Khan has said that out of 262 suspected licensed pilots, 28 licenses have been proved to be fake, and action will be taken against them.
Addressing a news conference in Islamabad on Friday, Chaudhry Ghulam Sarwar Khan further said that pilots with fake degrees and other staff were recruited in PIA before 2018. There was no recruitment in our government.
He further said that the process of reform in PIA has already started, and efforts are being made to rectify the shortcomings.
“People with fake degrees will not only be fired but will also be written to the FIA for criminal cases.”
“Some people say that the fake license gave a negative impression, but it was necessary,” he said. “In order to save the patient, he has to undergo major surgery, including radiation and chemo.”
“Of the suspicious licensees, 141 pilots belong to PIA, Nine Air Blue, and ten Surin Airlines.”
“The rest of the pilots are with foreign airline charters and other private airlines whose pilots have been found to have fake licenses. They will be fired after cabinet approval,” he said.
According to Chaudhry Ghulam Sarwar, in the previous period, the former Chief Justice had taken notice of Sumoto and ordered degree checking in PIA.
“Currently, there are 753 pilots serving in Pakistan while 107 are working in foreign airlines.”
He said that the review of licenses is a continuation of the same.
At present, there are 450 pilots in PIA, 187 in Air Blue, 47 in Surin Airlines, 68 in the former Shaheen Airlines, while more than 100 pilots are working in other airlines and flying clubs.
The number of suspicious pilots is 262, he said.