As a result of the ongoing scrutiny and verification process, the Aviation Division has identified and suspended 68 more pilots with dubious licenses.
Out of 262 pilots identified earlier with suspected licenses, about 161 have been suspended while the licenses of 28 pilots have been canceled. The decision on the remaining 73 pilots is expected in the next couple of days as the decision will be taken after a “double-check.”
The government is set to submit a report before the Supreme Court on measures taken for the safety of air passengers. The Apex Court had taken notice of the Federal Aviation Minister, Ghulam Sarwar Khan’s statement that the licenses of as many as 262 Pakistani pilots were dubious.
The minister’s statement on the floor of the National Assembly caught attention globally and as a result, the European Union, the UK, and the USA banned PIA flights in their airspaces for at least six months.
Pakistan on the other hand said that the ban was uncalled for and decided to file a review petition against the decision.
Meanwhile, all 262 pilots with dubious licenses, including 107 working with PIA, were all grounded until further inquiry.
The spokesperson for the Aviation Division said that all the Pakistani pilots flying on international or domestic routes had been cleared.
Our top priority is public safety and we can’t compromise on it in any case. We are taking all measures to ensure safety in line with the government’s directives.
He said that the scrutiny process is being carefully carried out and that validation of licenses is being done after re-verification.