Calls were made in favor to restore Pakistan International Airlines, CEO, Air Marshal Arshad Malik after Sindh High Court barred him from working as the head of the national carrier due to lack of aviation expertise and relevant educational background.
A Twitter user called for the reinstatement of the PIA CEO Arshad Malik citing that airline performance substantially improved under his management.
Finally when we got the right guy to turn #PIA around, he's 'stopped' by SHC from performing functions!
Watched his impressive
interview w/ @MoeedNj
How can #Pakistan progress if law is weaponized for petty politics?
— Hassan Aslam Shad (@HassShad) December 31, 2019
Sindh High Court has restrained Arshad Malik from working till January 22nd after his appointment was challenged.
A two-member bench headed by Justice Mohammad Shafi Siddiqui merited the legal consideration since there has been a wide gap between CEO’s education, expertise and job requirement.
Twitter users denounced the decision and expressed angst on Sindh High Court. They recounted his efforts to reinvigorate the faltering national carrier. A few people commented that perhaps the fault of AM Arshad Malik was to serve PIA.
Watch an interesting discussion with CEO, PIA, Air Marshall Arshad Malik; What's future of PIA? Where it went wrong? Is there a solution? In my program, 8pm Tonight, 92 News pic.twitter.com/3pbv6UgwPL
— Moeed Pirzada (@MoeedNj) December 30, 2019
They defended him as a competent and efficient officer who did not take any perks and diligently worked for PIA. Adding that he is being targeted because he took action against fake degree holders and ghost employees that saddled the profitability and viability of PIA.
Another Twitter user shared an image of PIA’s advertisement in which the national carrier boasted about improved operational services with the expansion of 47 new flights to 27 new destinations.
Social media users recalled that PIA recovered its profitability and losses which were reduced from Rs.3billion to Rs.1.5billion with the hard work of CEO Arshad Malik.
It vividly shows the judge is deaf, dumb & blind that is why he knew nothing about precarious condition of PIA before Arshad Malik took charge & after he worked there till the court criminally suspended him! Superior judiciary seems hell bent to throw Pak into abyss of civil war! https://t.co/lpfDfVZ4oV
— Noor Akbar (@Noorakbar57Noor) January 2, 2020
In his recent interview with anchorperson Dr. Moeed Pirzada, CEO Arshad Malik requested mainstream media to highlight the exceptional and encouraging stories of the PIA’s workers and crew working against all the odds to serve the airline.
He added that the engineers of PIA recovered the millions-worth redundant tools and parts of aircraft with expertise. PIA has efficient pilots who can fly aircraft in the toughest weather conditions.
Watch President & CEO PIA Air Marshal Arshad Malik in talks with Dr. Moeed Pirzada on his show Hard Talk Pakistan, where he talks about the progressive journey of national flag carrier. Click the link to watch full interview: https://t.co/iVw6POphSo #PIA @MoeedNj
— PIA (@Official_PIA) December 31, 2019
CEO Arshad Malik taking PIA to the next level. #PIAneedsArshadMalik https://t.co/RURsuRsqad
— Zunair Khan (@zunairkh) January 2, 2020
In November last year, CEO Arshad Malik shared the performance report of PIA with the public. He claimed that the national carrier has experienced a 41% increase in revenues, a 5 point increase in seat factor and 90% reliability of schedule. Thus, PIA has significantly improved in all performance indices and is bracing up for a more aggressive approach in the future.
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In a video message released, CEO Malik stated that the airline’s space cargo utilization has increased from 20% to almost 80%.
PIA also enhanced its engineering capabilities and now aircraft maintenance, i.e. line maintenance and Check A can be performed in Lahore and Islamabad as well. Previously the facility was only available in Karachi.
CEO Arshad Malik informed that all the Boeing 777s and A320 in the PIA fleet are operational and contributing towards revenue generation.
Under aviation skills and management experience of arshad Malik,he has proven to be an asset for PIA and improved operations expanded opportunities, and took hard decisions for the greater good rather than an individual gain! #PIAneedsArshadMalik
— Shehzadi (@heybeautybae) January 2, 2020
With so much progress made, people believe CEO AM Arshad Malik should be reinstated to his post.