Govt making all out efforts to restore past glory of PIA: Shibli

Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Syed Shibli Faraz says all the pilots, currently operating Pakistan International Airlines flights, are hundred percent clean and clear to fly a plane after passing through a complete scrutiny. Addressing a joint news conference in Islamabad on Thursday, he said the government is making all out efforts to restore the past glory of the national flag carrier. The Information Minister regretted over the irreparable loss inflicted on PIA by the past two regimes led by Pakistan People’s Party and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz. Speaking on the occasion, Minister for Maritime Affairs Ali Zaidi said the government is committed to make Civil Aviation Authority and PIA as the leading authority and airline of the world in terms of safety. He said a thorough probe is underway to fix irregularities and suspicions in CAA licensing authority for pilots. He said a new licensing system was launched in 2010 under which 236 pilots were grounded till 2018. He said five people of CAA licensing authority are also under suspension. ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – Federal ministers of the PTI government have said that the entire nation is aware of how PIA was mismanaged in the past, politicians have played a major role in the destruction of national institutions. Mushahidullah Khan hired his own relatives in the airline and upon investigation, the presence of corrupt elements was revealed throughout. Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs Ali Zaidi, while addressing a press conference with Shibli Faraz and Shahzad Akbar, said that between 2010 and 2018, 236 people were recruited out of the way. In March 2019, our government introduced a new aviation policy which will elevate CAA to one of the top aviation authorities in the world. Those involved in illegal recruitments will be held accountable, he added. Ali Zaidi said that our government is for the people, we cannot be involved in cover-ups. It is prudent to own up to our shortcomings and endure short-term losses for long term benefits. He said that the competence of pilots is a sensitive issue and the government’s foremost priority is the safety of passengers.He said that it was written in Uzair Baloch’s JIT report that he conducted killings on directions of a certain political party. We will continue to reveal key investigation findings and conclude the inquiry as soon as possible, he added.