Pakistan grounds 262 pilots, terminates 28 over fake licences

By: News Desk      Published: 11:02 PM, 26 Jun, 2020
Pakistan grounds 262 pilots, terminates 28 over fake licences
Civil Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan shows documents as he addresses a press conference on pilots of different airlines who have got fake licences.–File photo

The Civil Aviation Authority of Pakistan will ground 262 airline pilots whose credentials may have been falsified, the aviation minister said on Friday.

The pilots in the line of fire included 141 from the Pakistan International Airlines, nine from Air Blue and 10 from Serene Airline, Ghulam Sarwar Khan said, according to a report published by Khaleej Times.

The rest of the 262 belong to flying clubs or chartered plane services, he said. He said all the airlines and the clubs had been conveyed that: "Their credentials are dubious, and they shouldn't be allowed to fly."

The minister said that five civil aviation officials will be penalised for aiding pilots in getting faking licences.

The government also initiated criminal proceedings and terminated 28 airline pilots for submitting fake college degrees.

PIA said on Thursday it would ground pilots with "dubious" licences.