ISLAMABAD -- The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected Air Marshal Arshad Malik's plea seeking the court's intervention in allowing him to continue as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA).
The PIA chief had approached the apex court against the Sindh High Court's order which had stopped him from performing his functions as the airliner's CEO.
In today's hearing, Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed remarked that PIA was not someone's private property, and reminded the petitioner that the airline was a national asset.
'We will not allow anyone to play with PIA's fortune,' remarked Justice Ahmed, and questioned how the national flag carrier was being run.
The chief justice also remarked that a case regarding the appointments in the PIA was already filed as a human rights case.
The apex court while disposing off the petition said that all cases related to the PIA will be merged into a single case. The bench also summoned the record of the pending case in the SHC.
The apex court directed the PIA's board of governors to run the the affairs of the airline.
On December 31, the SHC had barred Malik from discharging his duties as CEO on a petition filed by Safdar Anjum, the general secretary of the airline's Senior Staff Association (SASA).