PIA barred to recruit pilots until SC verdict

ISLAMABAD: On Thursday, the Supreme Court ordered the Pakistan International Airlines to put ban on recruitment of new pilots until the case of the national carrier’s use of a Markhor instead of the Pakistani flag on its aircraft was pending before the apex court.

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Furthermore the court ordered the auditor general of Pakistan to conduct a special audit of PIA for the last decade. “Improve the washroom conditions instead of putting up Markhor pictures,” Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar remarked. “The people responsible for this debacle have built housing schemes and farm houses.”

Justice Nisar further remarked that the SC was involved in the case to know the reasons behind PIA’s debacle. “PIA administration should be in able hands,” he further added. A plea was submitted to allow former advisor on aviation Shujat Azeem and former managing director Aslam Agha to travel abroad

The court, granted provisional allowance to both, adjourned the hearing until June 30.

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