A civil court in Lahore had issued bailable arrest warrants for Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Air Marshal Arshad Malik and three other high ranking officers.
However, these warrants have been recently suspended by a sessions court in Lahore. The arrest warrants against the PIA officials were issued for not attending proceedings, in contempt of court plea against them.
The officials had challenged the contempt proceedings as well as their arrest warrants issued by Civil Judge Muhammad Akram Azad. In a recent development, Additional District and Sessions Judge Abid Ali suspended the arrest warrants while admitting their petition for the regular hearing.
A sacked pilot, Capt. Mian Shahzad Aziz had submitted a contempt petition against the said PIA officials including the CEO for not restoring his job despite a court order.
Nevertheless, in their petition before the sessions court, the PIA CEO, Director Flight Operations Capt. Uzair Khan, Chief Pilot Capt. Ali Zaman and Chief Human Resource Officer Air Vice Marshall Subhan Nazir Syed argued that the civil court did not complete the legal requisites while issuing the arrest warrants.
Therefore, they requested the court to declare the arrest warrants as null and void. Judge Ali admitted the petition for a hearing on April 20 while issuing a notice to Captain Aziz to present his reply.