Lahore, 2nd February: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) makes progress in fake pilots’ licenses case.
Baaghi TV: FIA has made headway in the fake pilots’ licenses’ scandal on Tuesday.
According to reports, it emerged during the investigation that several senior Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) officials have admitted to taking money from Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) as frontmen.
According to the FIA, the interrogation has revealed that the pilots had paid Rs 0.5 million per paper to get someone else to sit in the exams for them.
It is pertinent to mention here that the fake licences scam was disclosed by Pakistan’s senior anchor Mubasher Lucman in June last year after a PIA plane crashed in Karachi.
Federal Minister for Aviation Ghulam Sarwar Khan had also disclosed in the National Assembly last year that out of the 860 pilots working in Pakistan, 262, over 30%, had fake flying licenses.
According to Sarwar, the discovery of licenses obtained through dubious means was made during a high-level investigation by a Board of Inquiry (BOI) constituted in February 2019.
After the shocking revelation, the national carrier PIA came under strict scrutiny from the international agencies and was banned from travelling to the European Union.
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