Pilots’ licence issue was mishandled, say ministers


ISLAMABAD: Federal ministers Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Asad Umar have disagreed with the way the issue of pilots’ fake licences was handled by the aviation ministry.

During a meeting of the Federal Cabinet today, they said Pakistan’s image is damaged internationally due to the controversy and that the concerned authorities should have been more cautious in this regard.

Since the revelation by Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar that over 250 Pakistani pilots have dubious credentials, the national flag carrier has come under fire from international aviation regulators.

Pakistan International Airline (PIA) has been barred from flying to European Union and the UK amid rising concerns over the safety management of the airline.

“The matter should have been handled in a better way,” Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said.

Federal Minister for Planning Asad Umar was of the view that this is a sensitive issue and must be dealt with delicately.

Later, Prime Minister Imran Khan tasked the foreign minister to clear the matter at the international level and directed the aviation minister to submit a detailed report in this regard with recommendations.