Aviation Minister: Almost 1 in 3 pilots in Pakistan have fake licenses

PIA has grounded all its pilots who hold fake licenses, effective immediately.

Pakistan's aviation minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan speaks during a press conference in Islamabad, Pakistan, June 24, 2020.
Pakistan’s aviation minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan talks during a press conference in Islamabad, June 24, 2020.

More than 30% of civilian pilots in Pakistan have fake licenses and are not qualified to fly, the Federal Minister for Aviation revealed on Wednesday.

Addressing Pakistan’s National Assembly, Ghulam Sarwar Khan said 262 pilots in Pakistan “did not take the exam themselves” and had paid someone else to take it on their behalf.

“They don’t have the flying experience,” he said.

Pakistan has 860 active pilots serving its domestic airlines — including the country’s Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flagship — as well as various foreign carriers, Khan said.

PIA has grounded all its pilots who hold fake licenses, effective immediately.

“PIA acknowledges that fake licenses are not just a PIA issue but spread across the entire Pakistani airline industry,” spokesperson Abdullah Khan said, adding that some of the fake pilots also fly for foreign carriers.

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The results of the investigation were announced Wednesday as part of a preliminary report into the PK 8303 crash that killed 97 people in Karachi on May 22. Khan did not clarify if the two pilots on flight PK 8303 held fake licenses.
Critics are appreciating the authorities for making public, for the first time, the result of an investigation into a plane crash and related irregularities plaguing Pakistan’s airline industry.
There have been more than a dozen plane crashes in the country over the past decade, but promised inquiries into those incidents have never been shared with the public.
“Findings of the initial inquiry report regarding the recent air crash is a stunning indictment of politicization of state institutions leading to their disintegration,” noted Raoof Hassan, an Islamabad-based political analyst.

“Pilots were flying planes with fake degrees and licenses. Truly a matter of utter shame for the entire institution.”

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    Senator (1k + posts)

    Forget jingo nationalism and start rebuilding pia and making it into a viable business and get rid of all the sifarishi fake licence and degree holders and start employing based on merit .we have to make a start and rebuild institutions and make illegal political appointees m.

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