Pakistan’s aviation minister said state-owned Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) had fired 50 pilots and 1,800 other employees, including maintenance engineers and technicians, for possessing false licenses and ratings.
Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan said in a parliamentary hearing that 262 PIA pilots were examined, 50 of whom were subsequently fired for either having bogus licenses or licenses issued through illegal means. 34 other pilots have been suspended, he adds.
Khan also said about 1,800 other airline workers have been fired for having bogus degrees, including aircraft maintenance technicians and engineers.
The minister provided the update at the request of a senator during the investigation, which mainly focused on the investigation of corruption involved in the construction of the new Islamabad international airport.
Construction costs for the airport, which opened in 2018, have increased.
Khan said the National Accountability Bureau and the Federal Investigation Agency were separately investigating allegations of irregularities and corruption in the construction of the airport.
“We have found a number of irregularities (in the construction of the airport) and it is a long history of corruption,” he told the inquiry.
The photo, from Pakistani newspaper The News, shows Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan.