SC directs NAB to probe PIA CEO’s appointment

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Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Mian Saqib Nisar has directed the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to probe appointment and salary of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) CEO Dr Musharraf Rasool Cyan.
“NAB should investigate the PIA CEO’s appointment and the salary and perks offered to him,” the chief justice remarked while hearing a suo motu case at the Supreme Court’s Karachi Registry.
The chief justice had taken suo motu notice of difficulties faced by passengers at Skardu airport following a special PIA ‘air safari’ that caused a four-hour delay of a Skardu-Islamabad flight on Tuesday.
During the hearing today, Justice Nisar expressed anger at the PIA CEO’s action and directed NAB to probe his appointment.
Justice Nisar also questioned Cyan, who was present for the hearing, regarding the guest list for the air safari.
“Who gave permission for the air safari?” he asked the PIA CEO.
“There were 112 passengers on board that flight of which 42 were guests. Were airfares taken from those 42 guest passengers?” the CJP inquired.
To this, Cyan responded, “The 42 passengers were taken on the air safari for free.”
The top judge then ordered Cyan to pay the ticket cost of the 42 guest passengers from his salary. “You will pay for the tickets of the guest passengers from your own pocket,” Justice Nisar told the PIA CEO.
Justice Nisar also questioned Cyan as to why the fares on the Islamabad-Skardu route are so high.
“The ticket for the Islamabad-Skardu flight costs Rs12,300,” Cyan responded.—INP

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