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SC suspends licenses of 16 pilots & 65 cabin crew


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Supreme Court (SC) while declaring that licenses of 16 pilots and 65 cabin crew members have been suspended for holding fake degrees has disposed of fake degree case on Wednesday, January 9th.

A 3-member bench of SC presided over by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar took up for hearing pilots and cabin crew degree case. Counsel for Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) told the court that all the degrees except 6 had been verified and degrees of 16 pilots and 65 cabin crew members were found fake and their licenses had been suspended.

6 degrees are yet to be verified as these degree holders are outside the country. CJP remarked,” Such impression is there that haste is being shown on court’s orders”.

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He further said, “We don’t want to impose restrictions on some one’s livelihood. The record on the basis of which licenses of pilots and cabin crew were suspended should be correct”.

Counsel for CAA said pilots had the right to appeal against the suspension of degrees. An affected pilot who was present in the courtroom said that his degree was genuine and even then his license was suspended.

CJP remarked whosoever has any problem should approach proper forum. The court maintained the degrees of 16 pilots and 65 cabin crews belonging to all airlines were found fake and their licenses have been suspended; the court wrapped up the case.

In another event, a drunk PIA flight steward was off-loaded from a plane today. Flight steward Ghulam Muhammad Chandio was off-loaded, according to media reports, after PIA medical team conducted random checks of all the passengers traveling through PIA flight from Islamabad to Lahore and took their blood samples. In the blood report of flight steward Ghulam Muhammad Chandio, alcohol was identified. Spokesperson PIA said that departmental inquiry will be launched against steward.