Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority today broke the silence and issued a statement about the pilot’s licenses and the information attributed to its communication. The press release by Aviation Division says that Pakistan Civil Aviation has received requests from 10 countries namely UAE, Turkey, Malaysia, Vietnam, Bahrain, Ethiopia, Hong Kong, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait for validation of credentials of 176 Pakistani pilots. 166 of these have been validated as genuine and certified by the CAA Pakistan as having no anomaly.
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The process for the remaining 10 pilots licences verification shall be concluded by next week. The same information has been communicated to the respective countries. The press release further elaborates the fact that.
A total of 262 pilots were identified as possessing suspicious Licenses by the Board of Inquiry and grounded immediately after identification on the instructions of the Government of Pakistan. Cabinet has approved the cancellation of the license of 28 pilots, out of these 262 pilots. These 28 pilots will not be able to undertake any flying duties and their licenses stand canceled after following proper legal procedures under which also involved personal hearings afforded to individual pilots. The matter was twice deliberated by the Cabinet before the decision.
The process of verification regarding 76 pilots has been initiated while the processing of remaining cases will be initiated shortly as per formal laid down procedures. The entire process of scrutiny and validation followed by necessary disciplinary action is being closely monitored and personally supervised by Minister for Aviation Mr. Ghulam Sarwar Khan.