LAHORE (92 News) – Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Chief Executive Officer Arshad Malik has said that the country is facing the emergency situation due to coronavirus.
In a special message on Saturday, he said that the PIA is determined to utilizing all resources under these circumstances. “Empty aeroplanes have been sent to Saudi Arabia to bring back the Pakistanis trapped there. The aeroplanes brought the devotees back,” he added.
On March 18, the Supreme Court of Pakistan had reinstated Air Marshal Arshad Malik’s as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA).
A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmad permitted Arshad Malik to run the PIA. The court has allowed to Arshad Malik to temporarily serve as CEO of PIA.
The court also summoned PIA administration and union officials in the next hearing, while Arshad Malik was also summoned on personal behalf.
The court adjourned further hearing of the case till April 20.
During the hearing, CJP Gulzar had remarked that the country is suffering from coronavirus due to the negligence of PIA and incumbent government of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).
The government has not taken any step to curb the spread of coronavirus in the country. We have been requested to halt judicial proceedings but the courts will not be shut at any cost, he remarked.
Earlier on Dec 31, the Sindh High Court (SHC) stopped Air Marshal Arshad Malik from performing duty as Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) CEO.
Prior to joining the PIA, Malik was serving as the Vice Chief of the Air staff. He is a graduate of the National Defence University (NDU) and qualified in Air Command and Staff Course from the US.
Malik has served for more than 40 years in the Pakistan Air Force (PAF
) before he was appointed as the airline’s chief executive officer. He was appointed as PIA chairman on October 11, 2018 by the federal government. On April 2, 2019, he was appointed the national flag carrier’s CEO.