The national carrier of Pakistan, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has banned the recruitment of new pilots till the Supreme Court has made its decision. The case of PIA using Markhor logo instead of Pakistan’s flag is pending before the Supreme Court of Pakistan. Until the decision is made, PIA will not recruit any more pilots.
Auditor general of Pakistan was asked to conduct an audit of PIA for last ten years by the court.
Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar said “Improve the washroom conditions instead of putting up Markhor pictures. The people responsible for this debacle have built housing schemes and farmhouses.”
Furthermore, Justice Nisar said, “PIA administration should be in able hands.”
A plea was submitted to the Supreme Court to give permission to the former advisor on aviation Shujat Azeem and former managing director Aslam Agha to travel abroad. A provincial allowance was given to both by the court and the hearing was adjourned till June 30th.
PIA was temporarily banned from using Markhor logo on May 13th by Supreme Court. CJP asked during the hearing that what was replacing Pakistan’s flag on PIA planes tails. Musharraf Rasool Cyan PIA’s Managing Director answered that Markhor, Pakistan’s national animal will be the new logo on PIA’s planes.
Chief Justice also inquired about the cost that will be spent on replacing the logos on each plane to which MD PIA replied that Rs 2.7 million will be spent on each plane to change the logo. But Justice Nisar said that as per his information one plane’s redesign will cost PIA Rs 3.4 million.
Thus, CJP asked the MD PIA to stop removing Pakistan’s flag until further notice is given.