Supreme Court declares PIA CEO appointment illegal

Published: September 3, 2018


The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday declared the appointment of Pakistan International Airlines’ (PIA) chief executive officer illegal and suspended his role within the national carrier, reported Express News.

Chief Justice Saqib Nisar headed the three-member bench which issued the order on Musharraf Rasool Cyan’s appointment as CEO. The bench further stated that the that the appointment violated existing rules and regulations and the suspension will be forwarded to the federal cabinet for further review.

‘Air safari’: SC refers PIA chief’s appointment to NAB


In July, CJP Mian Saqib Nisar ordered the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to investigate the appointment of Cyan as the CEO of the national flag carrier. “NAB should investigate the PIA CEO’s appointment and the salary and perks offered to him,” ordered the chief justice.

The order came after the chief justice took suo motu notice of the difficulties and protests of passengers at the Skardu airport against a four-hour delay of a PIA Skardu-Islamabad flight, alleging that the airline management had sacrificed customers’ rights to favour Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) officials with an ‘air safari’.

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  • Farhat Hussain
    Sep 3, 2018 - 2:10PM

    Now this is the action we should be taking in all departments. This is the accountability that is required. Heads should roll and they should be seen to be rolling. Than only we can achieve the level of check and balance that is required.Recommend

  • bogus
    Sep 4, 2018 - 5:19AM

    I suppose the next CEO is going to demand a clause that requires International Arbitration so he can get an independent judge involved. Ever notice that the SC tends to be on the wrong side of things when outside judges look at the same facts? Recommend

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