Dhaka: The government of Pakistan has sped up the scrutiny process of suspected pilots with "dubious licences" and sent show-cause notices to 30 more Pakistani pilots, Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Aviation Minister of the country said on July 4.
While addressing a press conference at the Rawalpindi secretariat of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) on July 4, he said the cabinet would decide the fate of the pilots though a valid point of case-to-case hearing.
He added that an inquiry board was constituted that started scrutiny of pilots' licences and a discrepancy was found.
"Inquiry board found 850 pilots with suspected credentials and out of the total suspicious 262 licences were found ''dubious''," the Minister said, adding that the inquiry report was presented to Prime Minister Imran Khan after which 28 pilots were served with show-cause notices, charge sheeted and then they were given a chance for personal hearing.
After personal hearing, they were suspended as nine of them confessed to having dubious licences.
About the suspension of Pakistan International Airlines authorisation by the European Union Air Safety Agency (EASA) to operate to the EU member states for a period of six months from July 1, the Minister told the media that PIA had the right to appeal against the decision.
"We have been verifying credentials of Pakistani pilots serving with other airlines in Malaysia, Emirates and other airlines, though MCAA has not provided the list of Pakistani pilots so far.
"The solid base verification of pilots will be done and only those who will be certified would be allowed to fly planes," Khan said.