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SC dismisses PIA’s petition for immediate recruitment

National airline had sought for 250 appointments including 80 pilots

The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday dismissed a petition seeking immediate permission for the recruitment of 250 appointments including 80 pilots in the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA).

During the hearing, the national airline sought permission from the court to recruit 250 more employees on which the court sought details and asked the national airline where will the new employees get their salaries.

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The court also sought details of the business plans and revenue from PIA.

The court rejected the airline’s plea to allow recruitment immediately on which the airline’s lawyer said that PIA wanted to purchase five new aircraft. The honourable court asked for the details of routes and payment for the new planes.

Justice Mazahar Naqvi remarked that all routes including Europe, America and Canada had been closed and no one wanted to sit in PIA for domestic flights.

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Justice Ijazul Ahsan asked what more than 80 pilots will do when the total number of aircraft was 30.

Salman Akram Raja, counsel for the national airline, replied that the Supreme Court had banned the recruitment of employees in PIA. The lawyer further said that due to the orders of the Supreme Court the recruitment could not be done.

Chief Financial Officer said that there were a total of 370 pilots in PIA out of which 34 had resigned. He told that PIA had earned Rs154 billion in 11 months adding that PIA had 20 aircraft of its own, 10 on lease while seven aircraft have been participating in international operations. PIA’s lawyer said that more than 6,000 employees had been laid off since 2018.

The court later adjourned the hearing till the first week of January.

On January 11, 2011, PIA had planned to reduce the ratio of its employees per aircraft to save billions of rupees reducing the number of employees from 550 to 260.

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