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SC directs airlines to verify fake degrees within seven days

 

ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court has directed all boards and universities to verify the alleged fake degrees of pilots and cabin crews, within seven days.

A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar directed four airlines to submit their employees’ degrees and certificates in the apex court.

Pakistan International Airlines, Airblue Limited, Serene Air and Shaheen Air International were the respondents in a suo motu case pertaining to appointment of pilots on the basis of fake qualifications.

The chief justice remarked that court would complete the verification process of degrees itself adding as the matter was pending since last seven months and done nothing.

Without lingering the matter now we will decide this case within ten days, he maintained. Subsequently, court adjourned further hearing of the case for ten days.

In May this year, the chief justice had issued notices to heads of aforementioned Pakistani airlines saying the matter has been pending for the last four months and reports in this regard have not been submitted as yet.

In January, the chief justice had taken notice of alleged appointment of pilots holding fake qualifications. The chief justice had directed the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to submit a report in this regard.

He had also summoned from the director general of CAA, details of the activities of private planes and jets on the airports of Pakistan during the last fifteen days.

The DG of the civil aviation was asked to submit the report on January 27 at the apex court’s Karachi registry. But the official sought more time to compile the report.

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