No respect for rules: Ali Musa Gilani’s brawl with flight crew

Published: May 18, 2012
Ali Musa Gilani raised a huge hue and cry about his guard not being able to sit with him. PHOTO: MOHAMMAD JAVAID/EXPRESS

Ali Musa Gilani raised a huge hue and cry about his guard not being able to sit with him. PHOTO: MOHAMMAD JAVAID/EXPRESS

KARACHI: A brawl took place between the PIA air crew members and Prime Minister’s son and MNA Ali Musa Gilani who was on board PIA flight PK305 from Lahore to Karachi.

Ali Musa insisted that his guard, who had an economy class ticket, would sit with him in the business class.

The matter could only be solved when the captain of the flight came to intervene and told Gilani that if he continued his demand that was against the rules, he (captain) would turn the flight back to Lahore.

The threat worked and Gilani decided to give up after which the flight continued and landed at Karachi airport.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 18th, 2012.

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  • Pakistani
    May 18, 2012 - 12:48PM

    like father like son……


  • May 18, 2012 - 12:49PM

    Blasphemy! How dare they did not allow his guard to sit next to him. Is this a way to treat a royal Prince in pakistan?


  • Hamid
    May 18, 2012 - 1:04PM

    National Interest of 200 plus families is clear cut deception in these instances. Pakistan and Pakistanis are their slaves only. Good show Captain.


  • Rehan
    May 18, 2012 - 1:10PM

    Respect for the Captain!


  • May 18, 2012 - 1:25PM

    I heard the captain got sacked as soon as the flight landed in KHI?


  • sars
    May 18, 2012 - 1:26PM

    Great work by the captain. Thats the reason why PIA was one of the best, before political free loaders started sinking the boat.


  • Ahmer Ali
    May 18, 2012 - 1:40PM

    This is absolutely true in Pakistan that “might is right” and laws are made and implemented in Pakistan only for the middle class and common man not for the elite/privileged/bureaucrat class persons.


  • Meekal Ahmed
    May 18, 2012 - 2:04PM

    I salute the captain!


  • Billoo Bhaya
    May 18, 2012 - 2:05PM

    Shouldn’t he be arrested for interfering in the flight’s progress and safety?? PIA Captain was lenient allowing the flight to continue. A British Airways Captain would have alerted the Heathrow Police to meet the flight at arrival and Musa Gilani would have headed to Paddington Green Police Station, where terror suspects are kept. He would faced the Court under flight terrorism laws. Yes, the same country that sent the corrupt cricketers to jail.


  • May 18, 2012 - 2:24PM

    Didn’t they know he is son of premier.


  • May 18, 2012 - 2:29PM

    well done captain,there are only few people in our society that are ray of hope,definitely our nation will be back to track.if we fellow merit every thing will be sorted out.


  • Irtiza
    May 18, 2012 - 2:35PM

    I remember that while travelling from Lahore to Karachi a passenger argued with one of the crew members and started shouting and abusing him. He was taken away by ASF who boarded the plane and took him when the plane landed at Karachi airport. I don’t think they could dare do the same with PM’s son.


  • Pakistani
    May 18, 2012 - 2:51PM

    @Pakistani Hindu:
    He did not!!


  • Ali
    May 18, 2012 - 3:16PM

    Absolutely pathetic…why bother buying the ecoonomy ticket should have just tried to get him into business for free…(sarcasam)


  • Mo Sheikh
    May 18, 2012 - 3:29PM

    Why did the captain even allow him to remain in the plane? Recommend

  • amin
    May 18, 2012 - 4:01PM

    We need to get the name of that Pilot and Trend him on Twitter. What a Fag! Trying to exert his usurped power, 20,000ft in the sky. The pilot shudve given the guard a VIP parachute and a kick on the butt….


  • Sarah
    May 18, 2012 - 4:19PM

    Shameless 3rd class human being


  • Zohair
    May 18, 2012 - 4:31PM

    many thanks to his democratic highness for travelling on the plane as others do and not buying his own plane from government expenses


  • JB
    May 18, 2012 - 4:36PM

    Kudos to the captain!


  • Flyer
    May 18, 2012 - 4:37PM

    In first place who allowed this drug dealer to get onboard a flight ?


  • Jahanzeb
    May 18, 2012 - 4:40PM

    It’s time that He ( Rs.7 Billion Ephadrine scandel) along with his brother ( The looter of hajis) and his farther , The convicted Criminal , must go to Jail for a very long time. They have and still are looting Pakistan with both hands. Let’s not forget their Mother who took Rs 50 crores bank loan ( Public Money) and did not pay back and given special terms to pay off only Rs. 5 Crores, Therefore, she ate away 45 crores for which there is not accountability. This whole family is family of looters and Pillegers. They must be put behind bars for a very long time for their financial crimes to the State and money must be recovered from their hidden accounts and be deposited back into the treasury.


  • Rai Rashid Kharal
    May 18, 2012 - 4:47PM

    Democracy is the best revenge, jiye Bhutto…He raised the slogan while on board.LOL.


  • Noble Tufail
    May 18, 2012 - 4:53PM

    loud empty potRecommend

  • Uzair
    May 18, 2012 - 5:01PM

    Well done to the captain for ignoring the political connections of the lout; such loutish behavior is all too common in Pakistan where waderas and their progeny think and behave as if they are the masters of the common people and a law unto themselves.


  • Parvez
    May 18, 2012 - 5:06PM

    Proves there are still some good men left in this sorry country.


  • Discostu
    May 18, 2012 - 5:32PM

    I’ve met people like him before. They drive a porche and always say don’t you know who my father is. It’s all to hide their feeling of insecurity about a little thing.Recommend

  • moonjely sony
    May 18, 2012 - 5:36PM

    this will be captains last flight with PIA, how dare, crew members shouted at this crown prince?captain should unload all the passengers and the prince and his body guard should be flied to Karachi.


  • May 18, 2012 - 5:38PM

    what rules – he son of most powerful person in this part of world – rules are for fools.


  • moeed
    May 18, 2012 - 5:50PM

    salute to the captain if he realy did that i want to shake his hand my hero of the day


  • Allah Ditta Pakistani
    May 18, 2012 - 6:06PM

    Salute to you Captain, What Pakistan Army cannot do to cooperate with justice system in Pakistan. You have done. Recommend

  • Pakistani
    May 18, 2012 - 7:07PM

    isnt he supposed to be arrested anyway!

    Gosh, this is the real crowd thats sucking the blood out of our country!

  • Lahori
    May 18, 2012 - 7:17PM

    God save Captain’s job….amen


  • Muhammad
    May 18, 2012 - 7:48PM

    God bless the pilot now. These are showing the values of their family and how educated they are. Ironic that they will be our leaders if people do not develop a sense of ownership for our country.Recommend

  • Ali
    May 18, 2012 - 7:59PM

    Can’t he buy a business class ticket for his guards if he needs so much security in air? Recommend

  • A. Khan
    May 18, 2012 - 8:37PM

    I have a general low opinion of PIA air crews. But in this case, they have my full and unwavering support, for whatever it is worth. Hats off to them for showing some spine, something which is seriously lacking in our country, leading to general breakdown of law and order.


  • MN
    May 18, 2012 - 9:02PM

    The Captain is a hero, sorry for the job loss man…. Regards.


  • Irfan
    May 18, 2012 - 9:08PM

    I blame the Captain, he should have shown his Royal Prince more respect. PIA should issue a refund on the tickets, if they were paid for after all he I’d the som of the all wise, nation loving, Prime Minister. ASF plz arrest the captain, so in the future these leeches of the legions continue with their abuse and plunder unabated. Recommend

  • Amir
    May 18, 2012 - 9:26PM

    How do you know he even paid for his own ticket? Free loaders are we…


  • Meero
    May 18, 2012 - 9:29PM

    great job by captain now get ready for breaking news he got dismiss from captaincy…


  • Salman
    May 18, 2012 - 9:56PM

    God bLess the captain.


  • Rao Amjad Ali
    May 18, 2012 - 9:58PM

    Shahrukh Khan, slightly better known than the younger Gilani has been banned from entering a stadium for five years because he allegedly had a fiery exchange with the guards at the entrance.


  • romeo
    May 18, 2012 - 10:20PM

    The Captain would be terminated no doubt…


  • Faysal
    May 18, 2012 - 11:04PM

    Not surprise, thats how all upstarts behave.


  • syed mohammad yasir
    May 18, 2012 - 11:07PM

    All hats to captain who resist these corrupt and cronies people


  • Fahad
    May 18, 2012 - 11:37PM

    I salute and present salam to this great captin. If only few more people like him take responsibility of this nation inshallah our problems can be solved. And inshallah I have faith that a revolutionary leader will arise from the common people soon.


  • Ali
    May 19, 2012 - 12:02AM

    What is the world coming to, first Shahrukh and now this.


  • Nasir
    May 19, 2012 - 12:21AM

    Why all this fuss? The poor kid was feeling lonely and insecure so he just wanted his guard to come sit with him and hold his hand. Sheesh folks..have a heart!


  • Mirza
    May 19, 2012 - 12:37AM

    Kudos to the pilot. Everybody should follow the rules. No free upgrades. Only this policy can make the PIA profitable.


  • Uza Syed
    May 19, 2012 - 12:40AM

    That is the way, it should be —- I like it!


  • Uzair Javad
    May 19, 2012 - 1:41AM

    I salute the Captain


  • Amina
    May 19, 2012 - 2:01AM

    So Chemical Ali does it agaaaiiin!!!


  • Owais
    May 19, 2012 - 3:21AM

    Hes like a baby. Scared of the ppl so he wants his guard sat with him. Robbers always get scared


  • Ilyad
    May 19, 2012 - 5:27AM

    @Billoo Bhaya: could not have been said better, and in this case he also has ties to drug pedlars…


  • May 19, 2012 - 6:05AM

    Here the son of our Prime Minister and the member of National assembly and a person of international fame is absolutely correct that his security has to be with him all the time. The life of such a VVVVVVVVVVVVVIP, could be in danger any moment any where. PIA has to ensure that in future they should not commit the same mistake again. Musa Gillani may be our future leader and deserves all the security on Earth.


  • azhar88
    May 19, 2012 - 6:19AM

    should have pushed him off the plane in mid-flight :)


  • Scales9
    May 19, 2012 - 6:48AM

    Still ppp gets votes !!


  • Fawad chaudhry
    May 19, 2012 - 9:45AM

    I read this news then I spoke with Musa Gillani and his friends who accompanied Musa in their flight to Karachi,they all were not even aware of such incident, Prime Minister Gillani asked me to get independent verification I then spoke to PIA authorities who denied any suh incident even the Captain of flight was unaware of any such incident, a categorical denial to this effect was issued by PIA. The denial has been printed only in inner pages without giving it any importance.Now who is running this campaign against PM and his family? Only purpose of such campaigns is to defame the government and give an impression of irresponsible people are holding positions. This affair of media trial is not new for PPP and workers and leaders of PPP are not deterred by such tactics, we are going to make it in next elections and such false media campaigns cannot deter PPP worker to vote for PPP.


  • May 19, 2012 - 9:55AM

    Bravo, Viva, Ole, Shabash, Mubarak captain sahib. That is what is required from courageous men and women of Pakistan. Like father, like son. Recommend

  • Ahmer Ali
    May 19, 2012 - 9:57AM

    That time is not so far or is near to come when there shall be the classification’s formula applied in Pakistan as applied in India,for instance,higher class Hindu,middle class Hindu and lower/third class Hindu (Shoodar).


  • Ahmer Ali
    May 19, 2012 - 10:21AM

    Keep it in your minds firmly and strongly that the time is not so far or is near to come when there shall be the against the Quran and Sunnah classification’s based formula applied in Pakistan as has applied in India,the Brahmins (the learned), the Kshatriyas (the warriors), the Vaisyas (the merchants) and the Sudras (the labourers) or in other words shoodar,achhoot,etc etc.


  • Naveed Buzdar
    May 19, 2012 - 11:21AM

    Well done captain and his crew. This is the way to deal such stupid people.


  • AM
    May 19, 2012 - 12:32PM

    Who, the guard? LOL


  • Ahmed
    May 19, 2012 - 4:08PM

    @Xain Gardezi:
    Prince should behave like a Prince, not like an uneducated and illiterate person…. It is a cultured society and everybody can be judged by his acts and deeds, what kind of prince is he, surprised.


  • khan
    May 19, 2012 - 5:41PM

    This is not a matter of joke these corrupt leaders have brought Pakistan to the point of Extinction. It is time we the people unite against these corrupt leaders and take back our country and bring justice to these corrupt leaders,


  • Khalid Mahmood
    May 19, 2012 - 6:05PM

    If the Captain loses his job, we should help set up a fund for his support and the Tribune should organize this effort.


  • Khalid Mahmood
    May 19, 2012 - 6:06PM

    Yet another Prince Charming?


  • May 20, 2012 - 7:33AM

    One must say none of Musharef’s kins behaved like that.


  • Concerned
    May 20, 2012 - 1:48PM

    @Mo Sheikh:
    Because the plan was flying!!!!!!!!!


  • Nasir
    May 21, 2012 - 4:29AM

    @Mo Sheikh:

    True but there is room in the cargo hold to accommodate the pets. They should have been dispatched to their proper seating area. The Prince and his “bodyguard’ could then cosy up for the rest of the flight.


  • Mohammed Naseem
    May 22, 2012 - 3:15PM

    Well done Captain. I salute you. we need people like you to bring change in Pakistan. .


  • Mohammed Naseem
    May 22, 2012 - 3:45PM

    Well done Captain.I salute you. People like you can bring change to Pakistan.


  • bashir ahmed
    May 28, 2012 - 10:08AM

    the captain should be awarded a medal for his bold move. The media should keep track and see that the captain does not get victimized. Hats off to you captain


  • bashir ahmed
    May 28, 2012 - 10:11AM

    If he was a true pakistani, he should have gone and sat with the guard in the economy class and set an example to the nation.


  • Muhammad Ahsan Khan
    May 28, 2012 - 1:27PM

    A Body Gaurd should be always with the BODY. Musa Gilani should have paid a Business Class ticket to his Body Gaurd to keep the two bodies together!!


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