The Supreme Court of Pakistan has asked Pakistan International Airline’s CEO Arshad Malik to choose between serving in the Pakistan Air Force or as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of PIA. A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed was hearing an appeal filed by Arshad Malik. On 21 January, the SC rejected Malik’s appeal against the Sindh High Court’s decision to stop him from performing any functions as CEO of PIA.
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The Supreme Court declared Air Marshal Arshad Mehmood Malik’s appointment as head of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) “illegal”, saying he could not hold two posts at the same time. The Chief Justice of Pakistan remarked “Arshad Mehmood Malik should resign from the air force and permanently join PIA. Only one thing can be done, either work in PAF or PIA,”. Arshad Malik is asked to submit a definite answer by the next hearing which will be in the first week of March.
Justice Sajjad Ali Shah said that if the court accepted the argument made by Salman Akram Raja, representing the PIA’s board of governors argument, that if “the union employees would not let PIA function unless there was the stick of the army”, then the government “should close all its offices”.