Islamabad’s traditional allies in Gulf plan to suspend Pakistan origin pilots in their carriers

There are reports that Kuwait Airways, one of the oldest Airways in West Asia has grounded all its seven pilots of Pakistani origin. More than 30% of civilian pilots in Pakistan have fake licenses and are not qualified to fly, the country's aviati...

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“Kuwait Airways has grounded all 7 Pakistani pilots and suspended 56 engineers and ground handling staff in the backdrop of fake license issue. Similar reports from Qatar, Oman, Emirates and Vietnam,” tweeted Gul Bukhari, a Pak origin journalist based in the UK.
New Delhi: Pakistan’s traditional allies in the Gulf – Kuwait, Qatar, United Arab Emirates besides Oman – are reportedly grounding Pak origin pilots in the backdrop of fake license issue that may even cast a long shadow on the future of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA).

There are reports that Kuwait Airways, one of the oldest Airways in West Asia has grounded all its seven pilots of Pakistani origin.

“Kuwait Airways has grounded all 7 Pakistani pilots and suspended 56 engineers and ground handling staff in the backdrop of fake license issue. Similar reports from Qatar, Oman, Emirates and Vietnam,” tweeted Gul Bukhari, a Pak origin journalist based in the UK.


An expert who tracks the civil aviation sector told ET that International Civil Aviation Organization should take notice of it and may even consider suspending Pakistan International Airlines in the larger interest of the passengers.

More than 30% of civilian pilots in Pakistan have fake licenses and are not qualified to fly, the country's aviation minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan announced last Wednesday.

Addressing Pakistan's National Assembly, Ghulam Sarwar Khan said 262 pilots in the country "did not take the exam themselves" and had paid someone else to sit it on their behalf.
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"They don't have 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 a number of foreign carriers, Khan said.

"PIA acknowledges that fake licenses is 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.

The results of the investigation were announced Wednesday as part of a preliminary report into a plane crash that killed 97 people in the southern city of Karachi on May 22.
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"The pilots were discussing corona throughout the flight. They were not focused. They talked about the coronavirus and how their families were affected," Abdullah Khan said, adding that the pilots were "overconfident."

According to Khan, the pilots were told three times by air traffic controllers that the plane was too high and they should not attempt to land, "but the captain did not pay any heed to these instructions."
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