Fake Licenses.


A story that has dragged our name across TV screens around the world for all the wrong reasons; bogus pilots in the Pakistan International Airlines have been putting the lives of passengers at great risk by being under contract at the national flag carrier. The frankly shocking admission of the aviation minister when he claimed that a third of PIA's pilots had fake licenses has resulted in swift action from PIA. 150 pilots were terminated immediately, but this does nothing to undo the damage already done.

There are also certain questions that arise out of the whole affair. PIA has rightly pointed out that this may not be restricted to just one airline - licenses have been faked and there is no evidence to suggest that PIA was complicit. But either way, this does not paint a positive picture of the national flag carrier. The lack of screening carried out is absolutely criminal and the subsequent termination makes the whole situation even more suspicious. Did PIA already know about the bogus pilots...

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