PIA CEO rules out any cut in PIA staff salaries

IHC orders government to appoint CAA chief

By: News Desk
Published: 03:11 PM, 3 Nov, 2020
PIA CEO rules out any cut in PIA staff salaries
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Pakistan International Airline (PIA) Chief Executive Officer Air Marshal Arshad Malik has ordered an inquiry into media reports that the national carrier was going to cut pilots’ allowances, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Tuesday.

Last week, a PIA pilot claimed that the PIA administration has put a 44 percent cut on employees salaries’ and pilots will also see a reduction in their allowances and only guaranteed allowances after completing 50 flying hours a month would be awarded to the pilots.

Contrary to the claims, now the PIA CEO rejected those reports, saying the national carrier has made no cut in employees’ salaries.

Arshad Malik said the fake news sparked concerns among the employees including pilots.

A PIA spokesperson said the PIA has not made any deduction in pilots’ salaries, house rent and allowances.

IHC orders govt

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday directed the government to fill the vacant position of Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) director general at the earliest.

A single bench comprising IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah gave this direction while hearing a writ petition moved by a pilot challenging revocation of his licence.

During the hearing, the chief justice declared that this court couldn't meddle in the issue of revocation of pilots' licences. The power to revoke and restore licences rests with the relevant authority and not the court, he observed.

At present, the country's aviation regulator is non-functional, Justice Minallah noted, adding the licence issue would get resolved once a permanent director general of the authority is appointed.

Observing that it is up to the CAA DG to decide whether to revoke pilot licences, he called for the matter to be placed before the authority's chief after appointment to the post is made. The government needs to fulfil its duty properly in a timely manner, he said.

The IHC bench summoned the attorney general to appear in person on next hearing on Nov 24.