Karachi airport attack: Airport manager dismissed over 'mismanagement and negligence'

Published: June 27, 2014
Firefighters extinguish fires after militants attack Jinnah International Airport in Karachi on June 9, 2014. PHOTO: AFP

Firefighters extinguish fires after militants attack Jinnah International Airport in Karachi on June 9, 2014. PHOTO: AFP

KARACHI: Karachi airport manager Afsar Malik has been removed from his post for mismanagement and negligence during the Karachi airport attack on June 8, Express News reported on Friday.

Malik has been replaced by Ali Jan Agha as Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) takes measures against officials following the airport attack.

CAA fire officer Faiz Akhtar and CAA General Manager Fire Raza Rizvi have also been removed from their posts.

On June 8, militants stormed into the Karachi airport in a midnight siege which left 30 dead, including all 10 militants. The Tehreek-e-Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

Earlier in the day, an inquiry committee absolved the CAA, Airport Security Force (ASF) and firefighters of blame for a devastating blaze which engulfed a cargo warehouse after the June 8 attack at the Karachi airport, leaving seven dead.

On Tuesday, Chief Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani had taken notice of the cold storage fire incident and requested reports from the interior secretary and the Civil Aviation Authority chairman regarding the incident.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Rojer
    Jun 27, 2014 - 6:50PM

    What was his fault? Another victim of political drama.


  • Ishrat salim
    Jun 27, 2014 - 7:05PM

    Though the report of JIT absolved the concerned authorities, removal took place after SC has taken notice….otherwise, no action would have been taken….which means the report will come under question in SC…..


  • Aamir
    Jun 27, 2014 - 7:15PM

    Right…why not the head of CAA under whose jurisdiction all airports and their facility falls?

    Just blame incompetent people who are hired and appointed by the same…


  • Jun 27, 2014 - 7:50PM

    too little too late.Recommend

  • Jun 27, 2014 - 8:11PM

    can ET provide detail information what missmanagement was done?


  • ATCO
    Jun 27, 2014 - 8:42PM

    Name is Afsar Malik, not Azfar Malik. And he was the first and perhaps the last honest and dedicated Airport Manager in whole civil aviation authority. He has been made a scapegoat to hide the institutional incompetence plaguing CAA. A day of celebration for corrupt and debauched in CAA.


  • Sr. ATCO
    Jun 28, 2014 - 12:11AM

    An honest Officer removed due to politics and incompetence of others. He was recently attacked in his office by the union and he received stitches in the head but he did not give in to injust demands of politically hired workers… He is now being made a scapegoat by the federal government.Recommend

  • N Khan
    Jun 28, 2014 - 4:56AM

    I left CAA back in the early 2000s, and immigrated to the UK, but had the privilege of briefly working with Mr. Malik. I can guarantee you that he is one of the most steadfast, and diligent officers working in the CAA.

    It is an absolute disgust that an officer of such a high calibre was put on the sidelines, just to protect the sanctity of a few top officials. Nawaz Sharif is well-known for his blunderous actions, and I feel it was an act of erroneous scapegoating. The top officials should seriously review this decision.


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