A civil court of the provincial capital of Punjab has issued arrest warrants of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) CEO and 3 other officials. The arrest warrants issued are bailable and are given in contempt of court. The warrant mentions that the officials failed to submit a compliance report about an issue that involved a pilot giving an invite to an unauthorised passenger into the cockpit.
Captain Shahzad Aziz—the respective pilot who was suspended after his video emerged of him inviting a Chinese woman entering and leaving the cockpit of a PIA plane went viral in 2017, had challenged the decision of his suspension in the civil court. Following his petition, the court instructed that Aziz be restored back to his position and a compliance report be submitted.
Muhammad Akram Azad—the Civil judge has issued the warrants against the PIA Chief Executive Officer—Air Marshal Arshad Malik, the Director of Flight Operations—Captain Uzair Khan, Chief HR Officer—Air Vice Marshal Subhan Nazir Syed and Chief Pilot—Captain Ali Zammam, after the failure of the officials to submit a compliance report about the matter and did not appear before the judge for contempt regarding case hearing.
The court also gave instructions to the authorities to produce the officers at the next hearing session which is scheduled on the 24th of April.
Captain Shahzad was sacked by the national flag carrier after he invited a Chinese woman during the PIA flight PK-853 from Tokyo to Beijing in May 2017 inside the cockpit.
The woman who was not authorised to enter the cockpit stayed there for more than 2 hours with the pilot and the first officer and came out only after the plane landed.
As per the PIA authorities, Aziz had a history of cases against him regarding sexual harassment and violation of rules. He also has as per reports the case of fake degree against him.