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Licenses of 16 pilots, 65 crew members’ suspended over fake degrees

Licenses of 16 pilots, 65 crew members’ suspended over fake degrees
January 9, 2019
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – The Supreme Court on Wednesday declared that licenses of 16 pilots and 65 cabin crew members were suspended for holding fake degrees and wrapped up the case. A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar heard a case pertaining to verification of degrees of pilots and cabin crew members. The chief justice said that whether documents that confirmed the status of fake degrees were true. “We have no sympathy with the fake degree holders but don’t want to anyone to lose their livelihood due to negligence of any one,” CJP remarked. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) furnished this statement before the top court after it was ordered to hold inquiry into degrees of staffers of different airlines. The CAA said verification of six degrees was left because their holders were out of country. The counsel of the CAA said pilots had the right to file an appeal after suspension of their licenses. One of the pilots said his degree was bona fide, however his license had been cancelled by the CAA. Chief justice responded him that anyone facing such issues should contact relevant forums. After completion of the arguments, the top court wrapped up the case. On January 2018, CJ Saqib Nisar had taken notice of alleged appointment of pilots holding fake degrees. The chief justice directed the CAA to first submit a report within 24 hours in this regard. the top judge has summoned the chief executive officers (CEOs) of all airlines, including Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbassi, of the country to Karachi Registry on May 12. When the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) director informed the court that Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi also owns Air Blue, the chief justice remarked that they can call him in his private capacity and not as the prime minister. In December last year, the CAA suspended licenses of over 28 pilots and served them show-cause notices.