IHC orders govt to appoint DG CAA before the next hearing

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday directed the federal government to fill the vacant position of the director general (DG) Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) before the next date of hearing.

Accordoing to details, the federal government has informed the IHC that the cabinet has decided to divide the civil aviation into two parts while the DG CAA will be appointed in the next two to three days.

The case against the appointment of Secretary Aviation Hassan Nasir Jamy as the Acting DG CAA was heard by the Chief Justice (CJ) of the IHC, Athar Minallah.

During the hearing, the court has directed to submit recruitment notification of CAA DG till December 8.

IHC chief justice Athar Minallah has also expressed resentment, saying that concerned authorities had presented list of 262 pilots with fake degrees in the Parliament but now, they are showing the total number of pilots as 82.

‘It appears that the statement made by the Minster for Aviation on the floor of the National Assembly was not correct. This gross mishandling of the issue and reckless statement regarding 262 licences has indeed caused loss and damage to the national airline besides tarnishing the image of the country,’ the court remarked.

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On the inquiry of the court, Attorney General (AG) Khalid Javed Khan informed the court that the DG CAA would be appointed in the next two to three days. The AG said he had advised the cabinet that the acting DG could not be charged under the law.

He further said that the federal cabinet has decided to divide the Civil Aviation Authority into two parts, one part of which will serve as regulator and the other as service provider. During the hearing, Attorney General Khalid Javed further said that the issue of pilots license was handled very irresponsibly which caused damage to Pakistan’s reputation at the international level.

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The Attorney General said that Pakistani pilots all over the world were harmed and thousands of pilots were affected. During the hearing, Secretary Aviation Authority also appeared in the court and said that the licenses of 50 pilots have been revoked while the licenses of 32 pilots are doubtful.

The Chief Justice asked the Secretary Civil Aviation to state who gave false information of 262. Who is responsible for this? As a reply, the Secretary Aviation told the court that 262 fake licensed pilots had been reported by the Aviation Division.

On which the court said that the statement given on a false information damaged the reputation of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), because of this statement the international regulators imposed sanctions on the national carrier.

The court further said that irresponsible rhetoric had tarnished the image of PIA. Who is responsible for damaging the credibility of the country and PIA?

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