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Fake Licence: EU states asked to bar Pakistan pilots from work

Bangladesh Live News | @banglalivenews | 09 Jul 2020

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Islamabad: Amid Pakistan government claims that 40 per cent of the pilots in the country have fake flying licences, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) on Tuesday ordered the member states to bar pilots from the South Asian country from working.

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has asked its member countries for details of Pakistani captains, said media reports. The letter sent to the member states by the EASA stated that the CAA has revealed irregularities in the issuance of 40 percent of licences, reports The News International.

Moreover, in the notification, EASA recommends the member states ‘not to schedule such pilots for operations performed under their TCO consideration’, read the newspaper.

Pakistan's Federal Minister for Aviation Ghulam Sarwar Khan last month claimed that 

Around  40 per cent of the pilots in the country have fake flying licences.

Sarwar revealed the startling news about the ‘fake’ pilots while presenting a provisional inquiry report in the National Assembly of Pakistan about the recent PIA plane crash in Karachi, reports Gulf News.

“Pakistan has 860 active pilots, which includes PIA, Serene Air and Air Blue pilots as well. The inquiry which was initiated in February 2019 showed that 262 pilots did not give the exam themselves and asked someone else to sit for exam on their behalf,” the minister was quoted as saying by Gulf News.

He said they have found out during the investigations that pilots with ‘fake’ licences did not even have proper flying experience.

The 40 per cent 'fake' licence holders also include hundreds of pilots who are not 'active flyers.'

Sarwar said: “Pilots were also appointed on political basis, unfortunately. Merit was ignored while appointing pilots."

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