On Wednesday Supreme Court’s three-member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Gulzar Ahmed allowed Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Arshad Malik to temporarily continue performing his duties as the head of the national carrier.
Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Gulzar Ahmed said that the country is facing a severe crisis due to coronavirus and the virus outbreak is the result of negligence by the present government and PIA management.
The general secretary of the airline’s Senior Staff Association (SASA), Safdar Anjum had filed a petition against Malik’s appointment which contended that Malik neither fulfilled the post’s educational requirements nor had any relevant experience.
During the hearing, the CJP asked the government to explain a single good thing that happened in the national airline. He said, “PIA is playing with the lives of the people.”
However, Attorney General of Pakistan Khalid Jawed defended Malik and described him as a competent person said Arshad Malik is allowed to work as the CEO, he will take all those actions. He added that whenever the court will say that Malik has to go, he will go.
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Earlier, the AGP stated that Malik’s appointment as CEO of the national flag bearer was ill-intentioned, nepotism, a violation of rules and regulations, and illegal. He asked the airline to remove Malik from the post and retrieve all allowances, remuneration that was being given to him. The report indicated that the PIA CEO had received around Rs3 million during the last eight months in allowances and benefits.
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