RAWALPINDI: Eleven Pakistani pilots related to Vietnamese airways have been cleared and the authorities have declared that every one of them have legitimate and bonafide flying licences because the verification course of strikes forward.
“We had received a request for 11 Pakistani pilots working in Vietnam for verification of their licences and all of them were cleared after scrutiny,” a senior aviation official advised Dawn on Saturday.
News company Reuters additionally ran a report on Saturday with Hanoi dateline quoting the Vietnamese authorities as saying that every one the Pakistani pilots working for Vietnamese airways have legitimate and bonafide licences and none has been concerned in a flight incident or security menace.
Vietnam final month grounded all Pakistani pilots working for the native airline amid concern from world regulators that some pilots could have been utilizing doubtful licences.
“All licences administered by the Pakistani aviation regulator are legitimate and valid. There are no fake licences, as mentioned by the media,” a Vietnamese authorities assertion mentioned, citing a word from the Pakistani Embassy to the Vietnamese authorities.
Of 176 Pakistani pilots engaged with totally different overseas airways, licences of 166 have been verified
Vietnam had licensed a complete of 27 Pakistani pilots and 12 of them have been nonetheless energetic. The different 15 pilots’ contracts have expired or they have been inactive as a result of coronavirus pandemic, in response to Vietnam’s Civil Aviation Authority.
Spokesman for Pakistan’s Aviation Division Abdul Sattar Khokhar, mentioned Pakistan had acquired requests from 10 international locations — Vietnam, Turkey, the UAE, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Ethiopia and Bahrain — for validation of credentials of 176 Pakistani pilots working in these international locations.
Out of those 176 Pakistani pilots, he mentioned, 166 had been verified by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) as none of them was having any anomaly.
He mentioned the method of verification of the remaining 10 licences was underneath approach and it will be concluded by subsequent week. He mentioned the knowledge concerning verification of 166 Pakistani pilots had been communicated to respective international locations, together with the Vietnam Civil Aviation Authority.
The controversy over the pilots’ licences concern surfaced when presenting the preliminary investigation report on the May 22 aircraft crash in Karachi on the ground of the National Assembly on June 24, Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan mentioned there have been 860 energetic pilots within the nation, and 262 of them had appeared in examinations by proxies. He had mentioned virtually 30 per cent of the pilots had pretend or improper licenses and didn’t have flying expertise both.
The minister’s assertion alerted the worldwide aviation company and numerous overseas airways grounded Pakistani-origin pilots. And on July 1, the European Union and UK authorities stopped PIA from flying to Europe for six months.
Since then, the federal government and the minister have been going through extreme criticism from the opposition events which allege that the minister has introduced humiliation to the nation on the worldwide stage by making such a disclosure on the ground of the parliament.
The minister, nevertheless, whereas responding to the opposition’s criticism within the National Assembly final week, downplayed the suspension of the PIA operations, terming it “temporary” and saying it was not for the primary time that such a ban had been imposed on the nationwide airline. He recalled that previously on numerous events, the PIA had confronted suspensions for not adhering to security measures.
He mentioned they have been in touch with the involved authorities in Europe, including that the opposite international locations could be happy once they would ‘clean’ the establishments of corruption.
About the issues being confronted by Pakistani pilots working in different airways, he mentioned the federal government was in touch with the authorities and the overseas airways had despatched the lists of the pilots for verification. He mentioned the UAE had despatched a listing of 54 pilots and so they had already cleared 48 of them.
The opposition, nevertheless, known as for the resignation of the minister when the CAA declared that every one licences issued by it to the pilots “are genuine”.
During a gathering of the Senate Standing Committee on Aviation on Thursday, the minister not solely defended his remarks, he virtually repeated his speech which he had delivered on the ground of the National Assembly whereas presenting the inquiry report of the PIA aircraft crash. He, nevertheless, made one clarification and claimed that in his speech within the meeting he had declared the licences of the pilots “dubious” and never “fake.”
He mentioned it’d look as damaging for the nation briefly time period however for the longer term it was necessary to point out the world by actions that “we are improving our systems.”