Polish girl's Independence Day dance on PIA plane irks NAB

Published: August 13, 2018
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Eva zu Beck, the foreigner, can be seen in the video draped in the Pakistani flag and moving to the rhythm of a song. PHOTO COURTESY: TWITTER/PIA

Eva zu Beck, the foreigner, can be seen in the video draped in the Pakistani flag and moving to the rhythm of a song. PHOTO COURTESY: TWITTER/PIA

KARACHI: After a video of a Polish national dancing on a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane to celebrate the country’s Independence Day went viral, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has come down hard on the national flag carrier.

Draped in the Pakistani flag, Eva zu Beck can be seen doing her own rendition of the popular Kiki challenge based on a song by Canadian singer Drake.

According to sources, NAB chairman Javed Iqbal has taken notice of the incident.

Iqbal has called for action to be taken against CEO of PIA over abuse of his authority, the sources added.

Video of PIA pilot taking Chinese passenger into cockpit goes viral

The NAB chairman questioned how a foreign woman managed to reach the runway and the aircraft, and ‘desecrate’ the Pakistani flag, and called for action against those responsible.

The national flag carrier, however, disowned the video, saying it will be inquired as to how the foreigner was allowed to record the video.

“We had nothing to do with the video, she posted it up on our Twitter account herself,” PIA spokesperson Mashood Tajwar told The Express Tribune.

SCREENGRAB: YOUTUBE

SCREENGRAB: YOUTUBE

The national carrier has often been in the media spotlight for allowing special privileges to foreigners. Last year, a PIA pilot reportedly left the flight deck to invite a young Chinese woman to join him in the cockpit.

The video of that incident went viral. The Chinese woman allegedly stayed inside the cockpit for over two hours, coming out only after the plane landed.

Eva speaks out

After the incident caught the eye of social media users, Eva posted a video in which she said that,”I’ve received lots of positive messages from my followers over the video, however, I would still like to apologise if my actions have hurt anyone”.

She added that she loves Pakistan and will continue to promote it throughout the world.

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Reader Comments (18)

  • I am a Khan
    Aug 13, 2018 - 10:03PM

    what’s the big deal in this. does the NAB chairman not have anything more important to do?Recommend

  • Mohammed mirza
    Aug 13, 2018 - 10:05PM

    Shes trying to promote Pakistan and creating a positive image. Come on NAB get a life They will always squeal Recommend

  • Logical
    Aug 13, 2018 - 10:26PM

    Really NAB?Recommend

  • Pakistani Baluch
    Aug 14, 2018 - 1:04AM

    Dear NAB

    Instead of looking at YouTube, please catch criminals of Pakistan.
    Our country has a terrible reputation because of the incompetence, negligence and corruption of state institutions (like NAB), extremism, and intolerance.
    Try not to harass foreigners who say a good word about our country.Recommend

  • Qadir
    Aug 14, 2018 - 2:15AM

    Do not understand, what NAB has to do with this!Recommend

  • Sach
    Aug 14, 2018 - 2:33AM

    Seems like that Pakistani awaam has started flirting with her.Anyways,the blame goes to PIA not that girl,because the PIA asked her to do that.Obviously,its not ok to dance with the flag above your hips.A flag is like a Holy Scripture.I think that if Sunny Leonne had done this with the Indian flag,Indians would have taken action against her too.Recommend

  • Farooq Ahmed Khan
    Aug 14, 2018 - 3:12AM

    What does NAB has to do with this, don’t they already have enough on their plate to deal with. they have no business with this and there is nothing wrong with this gesture.Recommend

  • Saleem
    Aug 14, 2018 - 3:14AM

    She is problem for NAB because she is not Pujaban, she is promoting Pakistan not the Cheap Justice of Pakistan whose American grand daugter gave donation to promote the cheap justice Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Aug 14, 2018 - 3:54AM

    @I am a Khan:
    National Angry Bureau
    Stop watching YOUTUBE and Start catching criminalsRecommend

  • Faraz
    Aug 14, 2018 - 7:03AM

    NAB should be more interested in catching thieves and corruption, not innocent tourists trying to promote Pakistan!

    Does this even fall under NAB’s scope? Really, NAB now is an all-encompassing institute that can investigate even a breach of protocol by an airline?! NAB has got nothing to do with the affairs of an airline!

    Even if this was a breach, obviously PIA must have made arrangements. There is nothing wrong with a little promotion, and projection of soft-image. Beyond stupid by NAB! Recommend

  • Sohraab
    Aug 14, 2018 - 9:21AM

    Get a Life NAB!
    All the Best to PIA and thank you EVA for promoting Pakistan!Recommend

  • Sameera Bhatti
    Aug 14, 2018 - 9:29AM

    Dear Mr NAB Chairman,

    Maybe you energies should be directed at nabbing those involved in corruption at all levels, truly descecrating the sanctity of Pakistan. Eva had the flag on her shoulder and I see no desecration in that! Get a proper task.

    With best wishes, Recommend

  • Mr Keema
    Aug 14, 2018 - 10:55AM

    @I am a Khan:
    No, he is still twiddling his thumbs over what to do with Dar and his merry men !Recommend

  • Ahmad
    Aug 14, 2018 - 11:30AM

    What is Wrong With NAB? Recommend

  • Sameera
    Aug 14, 2018 - 11:46AM

    I stand with Ms Zubeck !Recommend

  • Saleem
    Aug 14, 2018 - 12:08PM

    I saw the video and there is no desecration of national flag. What has NAB got to do in it and it can be made into a nice marketing campaign by PIA. When billions are stashed out of the country and NAB has got the time and energy to follow kiki challenge then something is really wrong.Recommend

  • Syed
    Aug 14, 2018 - 4:29PM

    Get a grip NAB. Please concentrate on getting back money from Nawaz and co and others.
    She was promoting Pakistan Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Aug 14, 2018 - 4:43PM

    I think that a flag should be treated more respectfully, because a flag is like a Holy Scripture for a country.Recommend

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