The Sindh High Court (SHC) told the Chief Executive of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), Air Marshal Arshad Malik to stop working over eligibility for CEO post.
PIA Senior Staff Association (SASA) secretary general Safdar Anjum had filed a petition with the High Court to challenging the appointment of Malik as CEO of the airline. It stated that the chief in place did not meet the educational requirements and had no experience relevant to the job.
A two-judge bench led by judge Mohammad Shafi Siddiqui also issued notices to the respondents as well as to the Deputy Attorney General for January 22. During the proceedings, the bench said that the PIA chief, chief human resource officer and the airline’s board of directors, through its chairman/CEO, were restrained from carrying out their duties and told the airline not to transfer, hire or dismiss any employees or to buy or sell assets. It said that the PIA could not sell assets worth more than 10 million rupees or establish policies at the moment.
Before joining the PIA, Malik, a graduate of the National Defense University (NDU) and qualified in Air Command and Staff Course from the US. He served as Vice Chief of Air staff. He has served more than 40 years in the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) before being appointed chief executive officer of the airline. He was appointed president of the PIA on October 11, 2018, by the federal government. On April 2, 2019, he was appointed CEO.
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03 April, 2020