Urges passengers not to worry
Pakistani pilots, who are currently operating flights, have gone through the process of scrutiny, Information Minister Shibli Faraz said Thursday.
Faraz was addressing a joint press conference with Maritime Affairs Minister Ali Zaidi and PM’s aide Shahzad Akbar.
He urged passengers not to worry while travelling as these pilots had been cleared for flying.
Zaidi said the past governments had been involved in destroying the state institutions. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s Mushahidullah Khan had a major role in the downfall of PIA, he said.
The safety of passengers is top priority of the government, the maritime affairs minister said. “The PIA will soon be among the major world airlines,” he added.
Akbar said PIA’s performance declined over the past 10 years, noting that the Supreme Court also took notice of the downfall of state entities.
He stressed the need for indiscriminate accountability within the institutions.
The Pakistan International Airlines is under intense scrutiny after several problems within the organisation were uncovered recently, including the issuance of fake licenses to pilots.
Earlier this week, the European Union Air Safety Agency suspended the authorisation for the PIA to operate in Europe for six months.
It all began after investigators held the pilot and the air traffic controller responsible for the PK-8303 crash in Karachi.
The A-320 aircraft of the PIA had crashed minutes before its second landing attempt in Karachi’s Model Colony on May 22.
The plane was carrying 99 people and only two survived the crash.