ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – The United Arab Emirates is seeking to validate the credentials of the Pakistani pilots and engineers used in its airlines after the South Asian govt grounded 262 pilots for holding “dubious” qualifications.
FILE Picture: A Pakistan Worldwide Airlines (PIA) passenger plane comes at the Benazir Worldwide airport in Islamabad, Pakistan, December 2, 2015. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood
Pakistan grounded the pilots on June 26 on suspicion that they allegedly falsified their exams to qualify for flying aircraft, top to them obtaining licenses the country’s aviation minister termed “dubious.
A complete of 262 of the country’s 860 pilots were being afflicted, which includes 141 of national carrier Pakistan International Airline’s (PIA) pilots. [nL4N2E32JJ]
The Director Typical of the UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi asked for the verification of the qualifications of Pakistani pilots, aircraft servicing engineers, and flight operations officers doing work in the Center Japanese state in a June 29 letter reviewed by Reuters to the Director General of the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority Hassan Nasir Jamy.
“We would like to request your good offices to validate the licensing credentials of the attached pilots list who are presently holding UAE’s pilots licences based mostly on licences and skills issued by Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority,” the letter claimed.
Pakistan’s aviation ministry did not answer to a ask for for comment.
The European Union Air Basic safety Agency (EASA) on Tuesday suspended PIA’s authorisation to fly to the bloc for 6 months since of the licensing problems. [nL4N2E73S1]
In a assertion on Wednesday, the Pakistan Airways Pilots Association (PALPA), the union for PIA’s pilots, alleges the announcement of the “dubious” license holders was a prepared authorities shift against the pilots to minimize their headcount.
“The malicious efforts of some at the helm of affairs with a mentality to slice the pilots down to sizing has resulted in PIA currently being lessened to an airline on paper,” the union said.
The PALPA rejected the government’s checklist of pilots with licences deemed doubtful, and pointed out that it was entire of discrepancies, demanding a judicial investigation. [nL8N2E73RU]
Composing by Asif Shahzad Supplemental Reporting by Syed Raza Hassan in Karachi, Pakistan Modifying by Christian Schmollinger