24 active PIA pilots have fake degrees, CAA informs SC

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) was informed by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) that 24 active pilots of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) have fake degrees.
A CAA representative further informed the apex court that 12 out of the 24 pilots have stay orders from the court and added that the verification process of 1,972 PIA employees and their degrees has been completed.
The top court also summoned the chief executive officers (CEOs) of all national airlines, including Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi at the apex court’s Karachi Registry next week.
Director Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Nasir Shah appeared in court and informed the bench that PM Abbasi is the CEO and president of Air Blue company. “We summon the CEO of Air Blue,” the CJP ordered.
“He will present himself as the chief of Air Blue and not as the prime minister,” Justice Nisar said, adding that the issue is a grave conflict of interest. “The chiefs of PIA, Serene, Shaheen and Air Blue are all summoned,” he added.
The summon pertains to a case relating to fake degrees obtained by pilots. The three-member bench fixed the appearance of the top officers of the airline after deliberating for four months on the case.
The Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar also remarked that in the past four months, no report was submitted.
In January, Justice Nisar had issued directives to the CAA director general Karachi to produce the record of movement of private aircraft on all airports during the last 15 days.
Justice Nisar had also directed the official to submit the inquiry report pertaining to appointments of pilots made on the basis of fake degrees or certificates.
The aviation authority had terminated the services of at least 39 workers on charges of fake degrees in 2016.
In 2014, as many as 300 PIA employees were sacked for having fake degrees, in compliance with the orders of the Supreme Court.
According to PIA, out of the 6,000 degrees of their employees that had been verified by various universities and institutions, 350 degrees were found fake.