PIA suspends staff over flight delay after Rehman Malik video goes viral

Published: September 16, 2014
PPP leader Rehman Malik. PHOTO: PID

PPP leader Rehman Malik. PHOTO: PID

KARACHI: Two Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) employees were suspended on Tuesday after videos of former interior minister Rehman Malik and a Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) lawmaker being offloaded by fuming passengers went viral on social media.

In the videos recorded via mobile phones, the lawmakers appeared to be the reason of delay for the Islamabad-bound flight. PIA shift manager Nadeem and terminal manager Shehzad were suspended, Express News reported, quoting Adviser to Prime Minister on Aviation Captain (retd) Shujaat Azeem.

He said in a statement the flight was delayed for 90 minutes due to technical reasons, and it was delayed for another 25 minutes because Malik was late.

Angry that their flight PK-370 had been delayed for over two hours, eight to 10 passengers waited near the exit door of the aircraft while PIA crew waited for the VIP guests. While the crew did not initially reveal the identity of the VIP passenger, claiming that technical issues were the cause of the delay, some members of the crew later revealed that they were waiting for Senator Rehman Malik.

PK-370 was due to depart at around 7pm and scheduled to land in Islamabad around 9pm.

Malik wasn’t the only lawmaker dealing with hostile PIA passengers. PML-N MNA Dr Vankwani’s arrival at the aircraft door just minutes before Malik drew the ire of the passengers.

The video shows Vankwani walk into the plane with his carry-on, greeted not just by the usual sight of crew and smiling air hostesses, but by a group of angry passengers.

“I was just sitting outside. They are waiting for someone else,” Vankwani pleads as he is bombarded with questions about his late arrival and whether he is the cause of the delay.

Vankwani tries to disassociate himself from the PPP senator and claims that he had been sitting in the lounge for two hours himself. When asked who he is, Vankwani tells the charged passengers his name and that he is a doctor, but initially hides the fact that he is a parliamentarian. Only upon being repeatedly questioned, does he reveal that he is an MNA.

This draws loud chants of “shame” from the angry passengers who then ask him to leave.

The MNA, who was seated in first class, was surrounded by visibly and audibly livid passengers and forced to leave despite his protestations. A few minutes after Vankwani was forced off, Malik was greeted with chants of ‘go back’ before he could even enter the plane.

Malik’s path was blocked by passengers who briefly stepped out of the plane, forcing him to turn back towards the gate.

The former interior minister pleaded that the plane was not delayed because of him, but given the vociferous chants by the passengers asking him to turn back, he retreated towards the lobby.

Later, as the video began to go viral, Malik on his verified twitter account explained himself. Insisting that the flight was not delayed because of him and that he too had to suffer, the senator said he was told in the evening that the flight had been delayed and would depart at 8:30pm.

Maintaining that he was not the reason of the delay, Malik demanded that an inquiry should be carried.

Technical fault  

PIA spokesperson Mashood Tajwar, while speaking to Express News, said the flight was delayed due to technical reasons and not because of any VIP.

“The plane had not arrived from Islamabad on time and hence could not take off as scheduled earlier,” he said, adding that the passengers were informed about the delay through SMS.

He said the airline will investigate why the two passengers were not allowed to board the plane even though the delay was not their fault.

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Reader Comments (204)

  • Fakhre Alam
    Sep 16, 2014 - 8:52AM

    Well Done. It is high time people of Pakistan wake up and boot out such people who think they can take people for granted.Recommend

  • Naeem Khan
    Sep 16, 2014 - 8:56AM

    No body is playing dirty Mr.Rehman, people are fed up with you guys. The nation is waking up for all the ills you people have inflected upon them. It takes one person to stand up for his or her rights, history is full of these brave men and women around the world. It seems that IK is being successful to awaken the young generation and to some extent the whole nation. I applaud the passengers to take the stand because they have also paid for their tickets and most likely more than the two so called VIPs. It is time that the people stand up and be counted, put an end to this dynastic politics and their corrupt so called leaders. I salute you because you stood up for your rights and refused to be pushed around by any one any more any where in Pakistan. Change is on the horizon and let us welcome it with open hearts and hands.


  • roadkashehzada
    Sep 16, 2014 - 9:00AM

    well done guys


  • Ozair
    Sep 16, 2014 - 9:03AM

    Good work by passengers. Pakistan waking up and standing against these status quo politicians


  • Shafaq
    Sep 16, 2014 - 9:03AM

    great job done by the passengers :)


  • Nadiya
    Sep 16, 2014 - 9:12AM

    First drop of rain in Naya Pakistan! So proud of all those who pushed these VIPS out of the plane. They think these public entities are their private properties!


  • numbersnumbers
    Sep 16, 2014 - 9:12AM

    The “connected” will force some low level PIA employee to take responsibility for this now that it has blown up in the politicians face!
    BTW, there should CCTV footage to show just WHEN the politicians in question showed up at the airport for the flight!!!


  • Ghostrider
    Sep 16, 2014 - 9:13AM

    Today they forced them off the plane and very soon their hands will be on the collars of this political elite. I wait for that day


  • Salman
    Sep 16, 2014 - 9:26AM

    WOW. Pakistan Zindabad!

    I loved watching every minute of those videos. Seems like Pakistanis HAVE woken up.

    This is the Dharna Effect which the politicians will NOW begin to feel.

    Pakistan Zindabad!


  • Deepwater
    Sep 16, 2014 - 9:27AM

    Bravo, Pakistanis. There is hope yet. We just watched your democracy working.


  • Farooq
    Sep 16, 2014 - 9:37AM

    Well done brothers – this shows what unity does to the status quo – should be thankful to IK and TUQ teaching & educating people how to stand up for your rights – two thumbs up :)


  • Hugh Slaman
    Sep 16, 2014 - 9:41AM

    Is it the usual policy of PIA to delay flights for VIP passengers?


  • Zubair
    Sep 16, 2014 - 9:41AM

    Nayaa Pakistan??


  • Spyrogyra
    Sep 16, 2014 - 9:45AM

    Were the other passengers also informed of the delay like Mr. Malik was? If not, then he was meted out preferential treatment which is wrong. If the delay indeed was because of either or both of these gentlemen, they should be made an example of (e.g., 1-year ban from flying PIA and recovery of financial loss) in addition to PIA/CAA/other officials who ordered and executed the delay (e.g., termination from service and recovery of part of financial loss).


  • Citizen
    Sep 16, 2014 - 10:06AM

    I really appreciate u OLD Guys for showing strength against evil.


  • Pakistani
    Sep 16, 2014 - 10:15AM

    Hats off to the gentlemen who showed courage and stood against this nonsense.


  • HA
    Sep 16, 2014 - 10:16AM

    This “Pakistani Democracy” is very easy for the politicians – the top most beneficiaries. That’s why they are not ready or willing to let it go for a “Western Democracy” – where the top most beneficiaries are common people.


  • Riak
    Sep 16, 2014 - 10:17AM

    Congratulations Pakistani Brothers and sisters… wakeup its already too late… I pray to Almighty to bless all pakistanis with the same courage and committement to reject the VIP culture…..


  • sabiha saeed
    Sep 16, 2014 - 10:19AM

    My salute to main recorder of this video I wish If we could see the glimps of that hero …My salute to that unknown hero …….


  • slayer
    Sep 16, 2014 - 10:19AM

    Senator malik ran away the same way like he did when BB was being murdered at liaqat bag. What a characterless man.


  • Sep 16, 2014 - 10:25AM

    Well done passengers, its high time, politicians should now start realizing their status!


  • Syed Ali
    Sep 16, 2014 - 10:31AM

    Thank You IK for waking this brain dead nation up and encouraging them to stand up against the oppressive status quo!


  • Adnan
    Sep 16, 2014 - 10:32AM

    Shame to PIA and their management….SHAME …SHAME …SHAME….

    We demand to fire the MD of the PIA immediately.


  • Sep 16, 2014 - 10:32AM

    tabdili a nahi rahi,tabdili a gyi he,Alhamdulliha kom jag uthi he,Mubarik ho PTI and PAT,Go statusquo go enuf now


  • sani
    Sep 16, 2014 - 10:35AM

    Way to go! I can already see Naya Pakistan in the hearts of people. Wish we can throw all these self praising, shameless and selfish VIPs out of our country for good…


  • Tariq
    Sep 16, 2014 - 10:43AM

    what a stupid thing ” The Inquiry”


  • Faisal
    Sep 16, 2014 - 10:58AM

    This is Naya Pakistan, Well done Pakistanis. They are enjoying on our Taxes, they even dont know the price ticket while traveling by air. Great job Pakistanis, Pakistan Zindabad


  • roy
    Sep 16, 2014 - 11:01AM

    Ha ha ha ha ..did he think that the plane was his ancestral property?what a story…hats off to Pakistani brothers to show this just behaviourRecommend

  • Moby
    Sep 16, 2014 - 11:02AM

    Countrymen who made this happen are real heroes.
    Special prayers for the one who videoed & published it.

    Shame on the politicians
    Shame on PIA
    Shame on CAA


  • Ricky
    Sep 16, 2014 - 11:04AM

    What a great country with no law and order. The mob is taking over the planes and people are appreciating and applauding it. In any other country these people would be in jail and booked for terrorism. Planes are delayed everyday in almost all countries but this type of reaction and mob rule is only in New Pakistan.
    VIP culture is bad and should not be appreciated but mob culture and rule is worse. We cannot stop all the evils in one flight by a mob. Taking over the administration of flight is unheard of and a dangerous example for others. I distinctly remember in a Test match against Australia spectators rushed into the ground and that became a habit. In no country would the staff of the plane work under pressure from the mob who were controlling even the first class. The reason they did not refuse to work and flew the plane smells a rat.


  • SS
    Sep 16, 2014 - 11:08AM

    People are sick and tired now and all it takes is for someone to stand up you will find plenty to follow ! salute to the brave people who stood up and took the lead MashAALLAH may you be kept in the safety of Allah always.


  • Wizarat
    Sep 16, 2014 - 11:13AM

    People of Pakistan you can make a difference.
    My hats off to you
    Thank you, keep it up.
    God speed.


  • Mirza
    Sep 16, 2014 - 11:15AM

    This seems the beginning of the end of Pakistan as a state. Pakistan is ripe for mob rule and civil wars. I hope I am wrong but when educated people take law in their own hands then it is time to say goodbye to the governance. In naya Pakistan might would be right. Smaller parties and groups would have their own areas and no go areas.


  • Usman
    Sep 16, 2014 - 11:16AM

    Now, are you going to tell me this is not because of Imran Khan’s protests?


    Sep 16, 2014 - 11:29AM

    First time i see some light that people have finally woke up! Everyone has to stand up to the VIP culture, Gul Butts, incompetent and lying politicians. Well done to those who were responsible for this incident. Small step by few – major step for Pakistan!


  • musawer
    Sep 16, 2014 - 11:29AM

    This video is a mirror for these self proclaimed Royals,
    Once a Mr NObody is a now V.V.I.P

    Inquiry ? lol

    by the way, with money enough to burn,
    why dont you buy a personal jet or a helicopter,
    why make an average civilian suffer ?

    oh yes! i know, because the presence of civilians give you a sense of security,


  • Junaid
    Sep 16, 2014 - 11:39AM

    Who is the cool guy recording this video? the one saying ‘saieen’? wish we could know more about this gentleman. anyone knows about him?


  • Bear it now !!!
    Sep 16, 2014 - 11:47AM

    Its the failure of system when people have to interfere in the matter of state. I know its wrong but imagine if PIA have not delayed the flight because of this reason and taken off the flight on time. What if Rehman Malik have entered at the same time in the plane when every one was getting in and waited with common man in the lounge. We have seen levels of injustic with common man. I am from a family of two MNAs and I have seen their protocol and everything but still I don’t promote it.

    I see a negative sign too in this video but now it will happen like this.


  • yousafhaque
    Sep 16, 2014 - 11:49AM

    We can easily find out the cause of delay in plane’s taking off for Islamabad.Find the time of departure and the time tickets were purchased for two V I Ps.Time difference of two events will explain everything


  • Salman
    Sep 16, 2014 - 11:51AM

    @Ricky … In Pakistan, planes getting delayed by HOURS for VIPs is a norm. VIP culture has been a part and parcel of this country for over 68 years and people are sick and tired of being taken advantage of.

    Have you ever seen a revolution? This is the beginning of one in Pakistan and it will rid the country of these evils.


  • Salman
    Sep 16, 2014 - 11:53AM

    @Mirza .. Why are you afraid? In the naya Pakistan everyone is equal in the eyes of everyone else. There is no VIP.


  • khan
    Sep 16, 2014 - 11:56AM

    This is what Imran Khan is contributing to the nation. Nation is awakening and says that we wont tak ethis non sense any more. This is just the start and this is what Ik is fighting for, against VIP mentality. Good for Pakistan. Good job folks!


  • Naeem
    Sep 16, 2014 - 11:59AM

    First delay the plane, then tell lies ( that is normal for a Pakistani politician)


  • PakSal
    Sep 16, 2014 - 12:02PM

    Keep sleeping dear!


  • PakSal
    Sep 16, 2014 - 12:03PM

    Please spare your thoughts for the great country.


  • ishrat salim
    Sep 16, 2014 - 12:04PM

    ” It is a national awakening “….keep it up guys…

    IK/ TuQ has opened the can of worms & unveiled the abhorrent practices of the people in power & those sitting in the glass house they call ” Parliament “.


  • PakSal
    Sep 16, 2014 - 12:04PM

    Just a matter of time, signs are clear now.


  • Muhammad Alam
    Sep 16, 2014 - 12:07PM

    This is the real face of these so called Politicians who always ruling this country since last 60 years , Now it’s enough now people of Pakistan has awaken and soon your Badishat will be end and educated youth of middle class will be in power. They will work for poor and needy people and Inshallaha Pakistan will be in the list of developed countries.

    Great Youth of Pakistan now fight for your rights.


  • Wake Up Nation
    Sep 16, 2014 - 12:11PM

    Now people should NOT allow the traffic jam due to protocols. Suffered enough for 68 years.


  • Kamran
    Sep 16, 2014 - 12:15PM

    We regret waking u up from your peaceful slumber. Kindly go back to sleep, as the making of naya Pakistan is in process and the futility of ur existence can’t change the outcome. Sweet dreams.


  • Irfan
    Sep 16, 2014 - 12:17PM

    The so called VVip’s should now realize their actual status and do follow the law of land. We are not your paid workers nor we are slaves. If you keep us ignoring then the power of common man is not just a myth.


  • aslam najef
    Sep 16, 2014 - 12:20PM

    Hats off to courageous passengers. Sham VIP culture in a country where 50% are below poverty level. They blackmail us in the name of democracy.


  • Irfan
    Sep 16, 2014 - 12:22PM

    Dear Mr. Ricky people were speaking for their rights and it is not hijacking of plan in any way. Non of a passenger has abused any law either.


  • Kamran
    Sep 16, 2014 - 12:25PM

    Well done at last people have spoken. Hats off for passengers of this flight.


  • karachiite
    Sep 16, 2014 - 12:26PM

    brilliant response. i cried of pride :’)


  • hasan
    Sep 16, 2014 - 12:26PM

    wish people protest more often in peaceful but still effective ways for the right…..


  • Faraz
    Sep 16, 2014 - 12:27PM

    @ Ricky & Mirza
    Fully agree, this is a conspiracy against democracy! we must condemn this act of passengers, if only the plane had passengers like you two, they would have rushed to welcome the worthy elected members with roses & garlands and saluted their services to democracy. Waiting a couple of hours is a small sacrifice. After all, in our ‘democracy’, common passengers have no rights, they should understand this.


  • mrashidhai
    Sep 16, 2014 - 12:35PM

    My hats off for the courage shown by passengers of this flight. I also salute to the person/s who made these videos.
    But without undermining the effort by some passengers (of first class), could I ask, if any passenger of economy class would have dared to show such courage, would he be travelling in this flight or be declared a terrorist by the PIA officials, ASF personals or Air Marshals deputed on the flights for security reasons.


  • Talking Point
    Sep 16, 2014 - 12:35PM

    @Riak: Well done Pakistan. To watch Rehman Malik run away , it was like a rat running away from the bait . What a retreat.


    Sep 16, 2014 - 12:35PM

    @Ricky: crawl back under the rock you came out from.


  • Mash
    Sep 16, 2014 - 12:39PM

    Then why did you start abusing instead of asking the PIA authorities to provide an explanation? why was the whole PIA Staff standing there listening to the angry crowd and not saying that its PIA’s own fault and not yours? Enough of your lies…


  • Tabish Ahmed
    Sep 16, 2014 - 12:44PM

    Go Nawaz and Zardari Go!!!!


  • Shehzad Kharl
    Sep 16, 2014 - 12:47PM

    Salute you guys, you really made my day, this is the way to stand up against this system. IA we will stand against and make it right.


  • Kamran
    Sep 16, 2014 - 12:48PM

    Has ET stopped publishing comments after 46/48 (95%) comments are in favor of the agitators? Hmm…


  • Timorlane
    Sep 16, 2014 - 12:49PM

    Corrupt thugs have no idea how much we ordinary Pakistanis hate them


  • Farooq
    Sep 16, 2014 - 12:50PM

    PIA belongs to the government

    They will lie to save themselves and say it was technical fault, not fault of late arrival by Rehman Malik and the other cheap MNA


  • N.Siddiqui
    Sep 16, 2014 - 12:50PM

    No stopping the people of Pakistan now. The Nation has awakened from its deep slumber. Thanks to Azadi march, thanks to IK. No more Sharif and Bhutto dynastic politics in Pakistan. If India can throw the Nehru(Gandhi) dynasty in the Indian ocean we Pakistanis can also do this.
    No more plundering of nations wealth. No more greed and corruption. No ore nepotism, kleptocracy. This is the begining of the end of Sharif monarchy. The subjugated people of interior Sind and south Punjab need to throw out the Wadera’s and Jagirdars and end this slavery. This is the time, Now is the time.


  • Ayesha.a
    Sep 16, 2014 - 12:56PM

    now they are coming up with excuses like “technical problems”!


  • Younas Khan
    Sep 16, 2014 - 12:58PM

    I heard RM mentioned “Traffic thi” . Means he was involved in delaying flight…


  • Ali Syedain
    Sep 16, 2014 - 12:58PM

    Knowing how the VIPs operate, the gentlemen who pushed the VIPs off the plane should watch out. These guys enjoy their revenge cold. Would love to receive an update on the courageous gents a month down the road.

    Zindabad guys, and thank you for your courage.


  • Pakistani
    Sep 16, 2014 - 1:03PM

    If you have seen the video, clearly the staff was standing on the gate waiting for Someone

    Even if the SMS were send to all the passengers for the technical fault delay then why everyone is sitting inside and waiting for VIPs


  • PIA spokersperson lying
    Sep 16, 2014 - 1:05PM

    http://i.imgur.com/oMUHXMj.jpg Flightradar says the ISB-KHI flight was delay by only 7 minutes. This cannot cause 2 hour delay. Spokesperson needs to be fired.


  • mazhar
    Sep 16, 2014 - 1:05PM

    Wow well done!. Stay united.


  • freed
    Sep 16, 2014 - 1:06PM

    I would ask autograph of the person making the video. these are the real heroes. people on plane have families that are waiting for them at the airport to pick them up. MNA should follow the same rules. don’t show up on time, plane leaves.


  • nkhan
    Sep 16, 2014 - 1:08PM

    Playing Dirty on you….Mr Rehman and What about you and your other goonies that have played dirty for the last 68 years…..Its easy for you to setup an enquiry but what about those common people who are being abused and humiliated on daily basis by the police or other government mechanism……..
    Thank you imran khan for awakening the dead….. thank you….. we dont need naya Pakistan…. we need a better, respected and prosperous Pakistan……..


  • Farooq
    Sep 16, 2014 - 1:10PM

    I salute these civilans


  • turbo
    Sep 16, 2014 - 1:12PM

    yes the flight was not delayed because of you Rehman Malik….and Mother Teresa was a man!


  • A Khokar
    Sep 16, 2014 - 1:13PM

    PIA must also be grilled who are trying to cover the issue…who are now saying …delay was due to a technical fault. Absurd,,,!


  • Qasim
    Sep 16, 2014 - 1:20PM

    Old habits, die hard.


  • Fawad
    Sep 16, 2014 - 1:20PM

    VIPsm is the biggest culprit in Pakistan. It shows that individuals are above the system in our country and everyone is for himself, which results in anarchy. People loose their trust on institutions and systems.


  • Asif Ijaz
    Sep 16, 2014 - 1:21PM

    Credit should be given to IK for giving the people the courage to stand up for their rights!!!


  • Hate these Criminals
    Sep 16, 2014 - 1:23PM

    Well done guys to kick these two out …..
    These politicians don’t even feel a spec of shame & then lying & giving clarifications on twitter etc.
    Enough is enough !!


  • Shireen Khan
    Sep 16, 2014 - 1:27PM

    Way to go Pakistan, continue showing these inflated egos that the people matter and no longer care about illiterate, corrupt feudals who are there to supposedly serve the masses and primarily succeed in lining their pockets.. Hopefully, we are witnessing a Naya Pakistan!


  • Think Tank
    Sep 16, 2014 - 1:29PM

    If these politician say that the delay was because of technical error then why the other passenger was on plane. PIA administration should not let passenger in. secondly, if politician were waiting outside (as they say) then they think other citizen including VIP and Economy are mad. These are the only two basic points. Please rethink your claim Mr. so called politician.


  • Burjor Rustomji
    Sep 16, 2014 - 1:42PM

    Both these two potential passengers and PIA should be taken to court. Well done people of Pakistan, we salute you. Unless you do not stand up, no one else will for your right cause. Our parliamentarians are a disgrace. The next obvious step would be not to wait in traffic for the passage of the so called VIP’s at the cost of hundreds of commuters on the roads, some wanting to go hospitals, in very urgent conditions, life threatening situations, many have lost their lives because of the wait, and unable to reach hospitals in time for emergency treatment. These VIP’s and government officials have to know that enough is enough, and people are willing to take on the VIP’s to task.Recommend

  • Burjor Rustomji
    Sep 16, 2014 - 1:42PM

    Both these two potential passengers and PIA should be taken to court. Well done people of Pakistan, we salute you. Unless you do not stand up, no one else will for your right cause. Our parliamentarians are a disgrace. The next obvious step would be not to wait in traffic for the passage of the so called VIP’s at the cost of hundreds of commuters on the roads, some wanting to go hospitals, in very urgent conditions, life threatening situations, many have lost their lives because of the wait, and unable to reach hospitals in time for emergency treatment. These VIP’s and government officials have to know that enough is enough, and people are willing to take on the VIP’s to task.


  • Bokhary
    Sep 16, 2014 - 1:48PM

    Recentle two planes were diverted and forced to land, other than their destinations, after fighting broke out over seat reclining issues in America. I think Ricky lives in a wonderland of his own!

    Now the people of Pakistan know their rights, thanks to our Great Kaptan, there is no turning back to the shameless culture of VIPs and lies.


  • Nadiya
    Sep 16, 2014 - 1:49PM

    LOL http://www.dawn.com/news/1132314/

    This was bound to happen


  • bash gul
    Sep 16, 2014 - 2:02PM

    Wow, the technical fault was solved by Rahman baba after his arrival. He is the spin doctor. He should be at the airport and then there will be no flight delays. In Pakistan the minorities claim of injustice to them and look at their minister, he has the same corrupt mindset.


  • Dr. Asad Sadick, Germany
    Sep 16, 2014 - 2:03PM

    Malik Sahib the damage has been done. PIA may give any explanation, it wont help. You must have noticed the new wind blowing in Naya Pakistan.


  • Munir
    Sep 16, 2014 - 2:09PM

    @Ricky: You have got it all wrong, the passengers whom you call the mob, did not take over the plane. In fact they were made hostage for three hours by the likes of Mr. Malik and the other fellow, a PMLN MNA, by holding the aircraft from taking off on time, because they found it condescending to get to the airport on time and leave with the rest of the passengers. All the passengers did was to refuse to travel with them. This happens in the US also, if a passenger or a number of them feel that someone on board is a threat, he/she will be asked to leave the aircraft. In this particular case the passengers did not want to travel with such scum. So wake up and smell the coffee, mate.


  • usman786
    Sep 16, 2014 - 2:18PM

    thanks to IK for creating awareness amongst people to fight for their rights


  • Qamber
    Sep 16, 2014 - 2:20PM

    Its a beginning of “Naya Pakistan”
    No space of these kinds of VIPs


  • Atiff
    Sep 16, 2014 - 2:21PM

    PIA are of course going to punish its employers.. cant bite the hands that feeds it now can they


  • Humayun Aftab
    Sep 16, 2014 - 2:26PM

    If for a moment we believe PIA authorities that the flight was technical thus the delay…so pray why were 200 plus passengers made to suffer in the aircraft for over two hours and not taken to the lounge?? Come on its time our leaders in Govt or the Assemblies stop being hypocritical and be truthful for a change.Recommend

    Sep 16, 2014 - 2:31PM

    Thanks to IK who awake the nation #GoNawazGo


  • Fritz The Cat
    Sep 16, 2014 - 2:32PM

    Now the disinformation brigade comes into motion. What PIA is saying is utter rubbish. Why did they let the passengers board the plane (and make them sit inside for two hours) if there was a “technical problem”? The problem is everybody lies in Pakistan and PIA is no exception.


  • Ali
    Sep 16, 2014 - 2:32PM

    My heart pounding, tear in my eyes, my throat choking with emotion; for the FIRST time I am proud to be a PAKISTANI. Long live Pakistan, Long live Pakistanis. This is the change we wanted, fortunately it is there in our lifetime.


  • PIA Guy
    Sep 16, 2014 - 2:32PM

    We are guilty. We are helpless. We are the reason behind the delay.


  • a&a
    Sep 16, 2014 - 2:34PM

    @Mirza: go to sleep ,


  • sajid
    Sep 16, 2014 - 2:35PM

    Its not the “mob” that has taken the law in to thier hand its the ministers who are happy to bend the rules abuse the norms and take advantage of their position.
    If the people have paid for a 6 o clock flight thats when the plane should go thatsthe agreement Remhaan malik has no right to hold up 200 people because he is running late it is a blatant abuse of his authority/power and that is illegal.
    It is only by standing up to these people that things will change.
    I am sureyoure happy to be abused by these people and they will happily go on abusing you till you and your loved ones till you decide to stand [email protected]:


  • Neutral Pakistani
    Sep 16, 2014 - 2:38PM

    Well done Pakistan!!! For others 2 – Keep in your kind information, the usual delay due to technical, weather or schedule issues is different than deliberately delaying and wasting time of peoples who voted and selected these so called good for nothing politicians.

    This is a result, what they(politicians) has given to us as a nation. If they had provided/leaded us good, the results would be different in form of respect and tolerance.


  • aLeX
    Sep 16, 2014 - 2:40PM

    Not surprised by the behavior of the supporters of so called “Naya Pakistan”. It’s however interesting to note how they have taken ownership of the mob behavior in the flight. Truly put; directionless and aimless revolutionaries.

    If the flight was delayed even due to Rehman Malik or an MNA or for that matter any other VVIP, passengers should have thrown the PIA staff out, they should have refused to take the flight and offloaded. It was PIA staff responsibility to ensure that the flight departed on time.

    Mobocracy aka “Naya Pakistan” and demagoguery and then calling yourself as the new champions of the rights of the masses and civilized behavior is utterly shameful.

    Let’s for once go for this mob rule, what then? Your mob will get rid of these VVIPs for us the common people and then there will be another mob of us to get rid of you…..you try free us up by your example, we will free ourselves of you by your own example! Justice is not brought about by mob rule as mobs defy logic, rationale and respect.

    Well done Champs of the Naya Pakistan…..your swift ownership of this achievement is certainly not unexpected!


  • nizo
    Sep 16, 2014 - 2:47PM

    I am extremely happy to see this, these fools think that we will bow in front of them…NEVER EVER.
    well done Commons


  • Parvez
    Sep 16, 2014 - 2:52PM

    One small step for Naya Pakistan….one giant leap for the people of Pakistan.


  • Frank
    Sep 16, 2014 - 2:54PM

    Well, bravo! bravo! Please keep on doing this at every opportunity you get ya Pakistanis! The people on the plane – especially video makers, protesters – are national heroes! This is the beginning of the movement to overthrow VVIP culture!


  • John
    Sep 16, 2014 - 3:04PM

    Pakistan has taken it for 68 years but no more,with or without PTI,the way you political class treat us as citizens,would not be tolerated anymore.


  • Zohaib Ahmed
    Sep 16, 2014 - 3:11PM

    The Journey of Casting Vote in Election 2013 to kick out Abdul Rehman Malik from the Plane. The Credit for this Awareness and Motivation among people goes to Imran khan.


  • Shin
    Sep 16, 2014 - 3:18PM

    Dear Pakistani it is been very long now please stand for your rights .these VIPs are nothing with out you people , you make them VIP and look how they treat you.Thank you Imran khan for bringing the change and this is the change we need .we salute you and please do not become like them after they choose you.


  • Haris
    Sep 16, 2014 - 3:23PM

    People did right. These parliamentarians deserves this. Now people are not fool. They have the awareness now given by Imran Khan. Geo ‘IK’.


  • Abbas
    Sep 16, 2014 - 3:26PM

    I have very happy to see this happen, i want to send flowers and cakes to this gentalmen who made the video.


  • Mazhar
    Sep 16, 2014 - 3:50PM

    Congrats!! Hats off to the passengers
    the Nation is responding to IK
    Tebdeeli here we come


  • Shakil
    Sep 16, 2014 - 3:51PM

    well done… people like these power elites deserve that…

    I myself witnesses one such incidence where an idiot politician (Mr. Ahsan Iqbal) back in late 1990s when he was so called vanguard of PAKISTAN 2010… came quite late and the plane has to wait for him. Back then people were not so vocal (including myself)…. in addition, the Pakistan 2010 is now Pakistan 2025…. which shows nothing has changed… other than the people of Pakistan….


  • shakeel
    Sep 16, 2014 - 3:56PM

    Very well done..! Hats off to all the passengers indeed.
    Why not people beaten up these nonsense politicians.
    Pakistan Zindabad.


  • asima
    Sep 16, 2014 - 4:01PM

    Such ugly scenes must be avoided. Our VIPs should be little sensitive to others’ inconvenience and in case the flight was delayed by technical reasons this should have been shared with all the passengers. I suspect there must be some foreigners in the flight. They would say, “ooh this is the New Pakistan” that IK and TuQ are trying to put together.


  • Aqi
    Sep 16, 2014 - 4:03PM

    Very Well Done. Hats off to them.


  • Amir
    Sep 16, 2014 - 4:08PM

    PIA is trying to save its behind…

    Few week back when Govt had called for parlimentary ijlas, our office team was travelling to Isb, and the flight got delayed for technical reasons….

    Low and behold after 2-hours, 6-7 MNA’s of PPP, PML, MQM, etc walked in and sat. The plane then departed.

    It has happened in the past, it will hapen again.

    Good going people…


  • Zaid
    Sep 16, 2014 - 4:18PM

    I felt proud watching this video,the uploader is no less then a hero as well as the crowd which was with him :)


  • Jack
    Sep 16, 2014 - 4:19PM

    Thank you Imran Khan and Mr Qadri.


  • Umer
    Sep 16, 2014 - 4:31PM

    Sir, whenever the public is deprived of their basic rights in a ‘democracy’, they have the right to question those in power; call it a mob or whatever you may. In this particular incident, why were these two gents not in the airplane with the rest? Where they the only ones who got the texts to notify them of the delayed flight? That is highly convenient thing to say.


  • Farrukh Kayani
    Sep 16, 2014 - 4:33PM

    Looks too much of a mature and courageous stance taken by the poor people of “Poor Republic of Pakistan” This happened to me, when my best friend met a serious accident (later died) in Islamabad I had to rush there. I was on the PIA flight and flight got delayed for good 1.5 hrs because of a dishonorable then Governor Punjab Mr. Khosa. I was so much pumped up with hatred that I chanted slogan but the Zombie type public on the plane turned a blind eye and no one stood up for this injustice. I was threatened by the crew to be offloaded immediately. I sat down with the feeling of helplessness and wished to leave Pakistan one day, forever.

    Today’s incident bought tears and feeling that we are still humans, we have self respect. We are no more zombies, not dead anymore. We are Pakistanis once again and we have kept first stone of impeachment for every culprit.

    Long Live Pakistan.


  • Lion King
    Sep 16, 2014 - 4:41PM



  • Taha
    Sep 16, 2014 - 4:44PM

    I salute the guy who stood up against those jerks. Truly, this is how everyone should be. Let them know their place.


  • anonymous
    Sep 16, 2014 - 4:45PM

    How many believe PIA’s explanation of technical trouble delayed the plane. Technical trouble vanished as soon as super mechanic Malik boarded the aircraft.

    There lies and there damn lies


  • Danish Javaid
    Sep 16, 2014 - 4:47PM

    The People become humans…


  • Anees
    Sep 16, 2014 - 4:49PM

    This is a great heroic act. All Political leaders should now travel in Train!!!


  • ehsan
    Sep 16, 2014 - 4:50PM

    Why did Mr Malik shouted so loudly if he was not at fault. He deserved what he got. And all such politicians should be treated same way.

    Believe it or not, this is the beginning, it has to move forward.

    PIA staff should be blamed as well because they are key players for promoting VIP culture. And if someone ask them they threat to offload.

    I salute these individual who has shown enough courage to deal with these people such a way.


  • AJamal
    Sep 16, 2014 - 4:54PM

    And the humiliation goes on. Keep on electing these elites w/out accountability.


  • Mahnoor
    Sep 16, 2014 - 4:59PM

    Well done for your courage and documenting the incident! Shame on PIA for allowing such people to inconvenience the common man of Pakistan. No one should tolerate such behaviour anymore or be considered above the law.


  • Burjor Rustomji
    Sep 16, 2014 - 5:08PM

    The number of comments prove only one thing, that people have had enough, don’t let these goons take you for a ride, no more stopping for these so called VIP’s, on the roads, Let them pretend to be VIP’s in their homes, not in public. If they wish to be in a hurry, improve the traffic, and bear the pain that every individual faces in traffic. Mr.VIP you are not special, and we are not your slaves, bear the same as the common man in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Sep 16, 2014 - 5:11PM

    PTI supporters have such a short memory. In 90’s Manzoor Watoo who was sitting CM Punjab was treated in the same style.


  • asim elahi
    Sep 16, 2014 - 5:15PM

    If it was technical fault why were these two idiots last to board plane. The statement by PIA in favour of Rrhman Malik proves VIP culture within PIA. Technical fault was late VIPs. Plane left as soon as doors were closed


  • Asghar Ramzan
    Sep 16, 2014 - 5:17PM

    This is revolution in making.this exactly what we needed.


  • Waris Khan
    Sep 16, 2014 - 5:18PM

    I’m a Pakistani living in Norway. If something equal has happened here, people would have sued the Airceraft company dearly. Glad to see that Pakistan is changing for the better. If these MNAS claim to be democrats than they are peoples servants and should behave according to democratic values and not like aristocrats.


  • Hello1
    Sep 16, 2014 - 5:19PM

    Look who is talking of morals!! It heartening to note that nobody cares anymore for the so called VIP’s. If they had any moral courage after being addressed as “baigharat” and “bastards” they should resign from parliament.


  • salman
    Sep 16, 2014 - 5:23PM

    Very proud of these passengers. All respect due…

    The thing is, people have lost their fear.
    And it won’t be long before these corrupt politicians and VIPS get the fear…


  • Abdul Awan
    Sep 16, 2014 - 5:35PM

    While hats off to those courageous people who butt outed Rehman Mailik and PLMN parelimanterian, I knew PIA would fabriacte an “Technical” excuse to cover it up. So they did. However, I enjoyed the every bit of this video clip and requested all my contracts on facebook to share it. Guys it is already a viral now.


  • Wizarat
    Sep 16, 2014 - 5:48PM

    Time for PIA MD to go, no suspensions just for the station staff as they were following orders and the current culture of the organization. Any staff that ordered the plane to wait for these people must be put to the task.


  • H.A. Khan
    Sep 16, 2014 - 5:52PM

    Next time you are stopped on roads because some alleged VIP is passing,demand your right and move on
    Pakistan was not made for these VIP,Pakistan was made for loyal Pakistani citizens

    Salams to those of PIA flight who made Rehman Malik turnaround and run


  • shafqat
    Sep 16, 2014 - 5:56PM

    I enjoyed these videos more than Hollywood Movies.


  • pacer
    Sep 16, 2014 - 6:00PM

    @ Ricky.. i cant see anyone living in Pakistan not rejoicing the sight of their fellow citizens standing up for their rights


  • ali
    Sep 16, 2014 - 6:01PM

    Tabdeeli agai hai…Well done passengers. The people are waking up slowly.


  • khalid
    Sep 16, 2014 - 6:30PM

    This is great to see our Pakistani Brothers/sisters standing up to “bull – shit”
    if he was on a British flight, the flight would have left on time, VIP or not
    If you are late checking in then you do not get onto the flight


    I don’t believe in any Pakistan politicians, but it looks to me Imran Khan seems the best of the bunch.
    I think because he was a sportsman , he understands , being honest truthful and standing up for the innocent and helpless people.

    Have a lovely day


  • khalid
    Sep 16, 2014 - 6:32PM

    This is great to see our Pakistani Brothers/sisters standing up to “bull – shit”
    if he was on a British flight, the flight would have left on time, VIP or not
    If you are late checking in then you do not get onto the flight


    I don’t believe in any Pakistan politicians, but it looks to me Imran Khan seems the best of the bunch.
    I think because he was a sportsman , he understands , being honest truthful and standing up for the innocent and helpless people.

    Have a lovely day


  • Sajjad Ashraf
    Sep 16, 2014 - 6:37PM

    Even if they were not the cause of delay, why were they not in the plane with other passengers? Their absence exposes their lies.

    Well done – people but since they are all together nothing is likely to happen. In addition to severe punishments to those who delayed flight the two tardy passengers should be banned from PIA for one year at least.


    Sep 16, 2014 - 6:47PM

    The real Pakistanis have shown their mettle. I am proud of you all and Bless you all. Ameen.


  • Sheraz
    Sep 16, 2014 - 7:05PM

    Now, if (the majority of the) people had the same consideration for their country and acted in a similar way with the parliament instead of just watching the dharna on tv…


  • The Hulk
    Sep 16, 2014 - 7:11PM

    Same should be done to politicians and all who block roads and make people wait especially during peak hours.


  • usk11
    Sep 16, 2014 - 7:17PM

    Well done mashallah.

    Awareness is here. Salutes to IK.

    People should make sure passengers of this flight are protected otherwise they are in deep trouble by these crook politicians….


  • Dr. Abid Shah Mashwani
    Sep 16, 2014 - 7:28PM

    The last straw between brave citizens of NAYA Pakistan and dynasty politics of Pakistan is corrupt PUNJAB police officials and Military officers, yes officers not soldiers. As Islamabad police started to embrace NAYA Pakistan and scores of police officers/officials refused to use force against peaceful citizens. The day Punjab police started to realize they are paid by tax payers money not these corrupt politicians, it will be the day these corrupt politicians will be dragged on streets by brave Pakistanis.


  • Naeem Khan
    Sep 16, 2014 - 7:29PM

    I have been living in a foreign democratic country for the last 50 years and have travelled extensively but the planes were never delayed for some head honcho to show up late. I like you to ask yourself why the mob as you call it took over, to me they were sitting there in the plane for 2 hours and were frustrated and finally stood up for their rights, they paid for their tickets too. The common people have been pushed around for the last 60 years and these people who are elected or selected by devious means are the culture who think they are the masters of the people who sent them there, it should be other way around. It is time that this culture of VIP to be put in their place for good and they must abide by the rules and laws of the land, if they, the so called leaders abide by the laws then there will be no mobs to take over any institution. Just look around in Pakistan, these people has gotten away with murders because they think they are above the law, laws are only meant for common people but things are changing in Pakistan and hopefully for the better. It seems to me the change is in the offing and will be good for the people of Pakistan. I say leaders should be accountable for their actions and be an example for others to follow.


  • Sajid
    Sep 16, 2014 - 7:29PM

    It was so great to see the public stand up to you overpaid, overfed, self centred public servants. The only sad thing is that you should have been given a few slaps. Even if the flight was delayed, you should have been at the airport on time and sat with alll the other passengers. You were late. You deserve what you got.Recommend

  • Proletarian
    Sep 16, 2014 - 7:49PM

    My faith in the people of this country has been restored


  • adnan
    Sep 16, 2014 - 7:56PM

    Now we need to go after the VIPs cuting the line at PIA counter to get their boarding card while hundred of Donkeys staring at them and not objecting to this slap on their faces.


  • ijaz Malik
    Sep 16, 2014 - 8:09PM

    Well done by passenger’s response .this is a CHANGE
    I hope this was good lesson to


  • democrat
    Sep 16, 2014 - 8:23PM

    How DARE they be so ANTI-DEMOCRATIC!
    AMERICAA – Look at these people!


  • Yasir Mehmood
    Sep 16, 2014 - 9:10PM

    Well done! This is start of change! Every politician and official should be held accountable in front of public !


  • Mirza ek gadha.
    Sep 16, 2014 - 9:25PM

    @Mirza: I see that you are still brain dead and would prefer to remain so. Those passengers were treated unfairly. Who was going to give them justice? huh? That’s right, NO ONE. So they took the matter in too their hands and did that absolute just thing. Suck on it and think on it, Nooray duffer kay duffer follower.


  • Fatime
    Sep 16, 2014 - 9:28PM

    Good job passengers!

    Shame on PIA and shame on these cursed politicitans

    *Where are all the PML-N and PPP supporters on Tribune now.?? They are very active when criticizing PTI..where is there sense of false morality now ??*

    All of us should do the same the next time we board a Pakistani aircraft!


  • A Mangal
    Sep 16, 2014 - 9:55PM

    What an awakening!


  • Owais Khan
    Sep 16, 2014 - 10:00PM

    If there was a technical problem, then how come every1 else were allowed to board the plane…they can’t even come up with a good excuse…


  • @ Ricky
    Sep 16, 2014 - 10:54PM

    @Mr Ricky:
    This mob is called Democracy. People are tired of the dictated democracy by double standard democratic countries. This is the just verdict of the democracy! Power of people, you should be scared.


  • xero
    Sep 16, 2014 - 11:42PM

    I am having tears in my eyes.Love to see the video..this is my Pakistan where nobody is superior from other just because he is in power or wealthy ..equal rights for everyone


  • Karachiite
    Sep 17, 2014 - 12:06AM

    A trailer for naya pakistan.. So proud of the passengers to stand against this VIP culture :,-)Recommend

  • Nuzhat Jabeen
    Sep 17, 2014 - 12:22AM

    Welldone PIA Passengers !
    All the citizens of Pakistan must be treated equally. This is a good lesson for all those who think people are their servants.
    Be aware of further delays otherwise Last Nights protocol will be given to VIP’S. .
    Keep it up. .Recommend

  • riz
    Sep 17, 2014 - 12:38AM

    This is the legacy of IK and Qadri. No doubt the delay because of Rehman Malik was shameful. It should not be allowed. But a crowd taking control of the aircraft and throwing off passengers is callled Hijacking under law. Two wrongs don’t make one right. The 8 to 10 passengers, including the lawyer, who did this should be prosecuted. What is stopping an angry mob killing dignitiaries who abuse their position. Some may say the dignatairies deserve it but that woudl be the law of the jungle. You cannot have this in a civilised society. In UK if the same thing happened and the dignatary was late because he absued his position by a group of angry protestors, they woudl all be charged with hijacking.


  • Moiz Omar
    Sep 17, 2014 - 1:56AM

    Great. Say no to VIP culture.Recommend

  • Muhammad Rehan Khan
    Sep 17, 2014 - 1:59AM

    Naya Pakistan – Hats off to these guys, but above all million thanks to IK & TUQ for awakening the people of Pakistan and making us as one nation with a cause to develop a brand new Pakistan which is Pak from all these corrupt creatures.Recommend

  • KK Kool
    Sep 17, 2014 - 2:02AM

    @Mirza: Governance by people like Rehaman Malik or Jamshed Dasti or Pervez Rasheed or Khawaja Asif or Asif Ali Zardari or Shahbaz Sharif or Nawaz Sharif or who else? What is their qualification to rule Pakistan? People Just elected them. Is this the qualification to come to parliament? What difference it would create if our rulers are like Dr Atta ur Rehman? But I think you do not what difference it would be. We people of Pakistan are just fed up of word ‘politician’. It sucks. Thanks to Gen Musharraf who established strong media which is now acting as a fourth pillar of state. Hats off to people who forced that dog out of PIA flight. Next time PIA would not dare to delay flights because of shameless creatures like Rehman Malik. I demand a judicial inquiry and people responsible for this delay and financial losses incurred by PIA be paid by persons who are responsible. PIA should come up what technical rectification it carried our while passengers were on board?


  • Ghayas
    Sep 17, 2014 - 2:43AM

    Wel done pak nation keep it up.it is very nice to see the video


  • Dr Mohammad Ahmad
    Sep 17, 2014 - 2:52AM

    Did anybody think what Rehman Malik is trying ..? He is just pushing PIA higher management to Kick-out (suspend) the staff who is shouting with Awam on Senator and parliamentarian.. as you see in the news by liar statement from PIA corrupt management… try to secure their jobs, who will give them food.. they will be on the road.. as Reham Malik thin himself as Froah (Fir-on). SAVE tem ..that is practical aspect.. focus on that not emotional aspect.


  • Tariq
    Sep 17, 2014 - 3:01AM

    The problem is the bloated size of the Pakistani government. The state has a hand in just about everything that by rights should be a matter for private business. Let the market decide if a business fails or succeeds. The entire VIP culture will vanish overnight because kissing the behinds of these so called VIPs will no longer be necessary for a business to survive.

    PIA should be privatized. They should have to run the airline as a profit making venture. If they go bankrupt let them. The market has a great way of punishing badly run businesses.

    However, that will also mean allowing PIA to stop flying unprofitable routes. Pakistani public should not complain if suddenly they find they have to fly in to an airport 150 or so miles away and take surface transportation to their destination because it is no longer profitable for PIA to service small cities. You cannot have it both ways…


  • Noreen
    Sep 17, 2014 - 4:46AM

    Okay so even if we believe that the flight was not delayed due to the VIPs but would they like to explain why are they waiting outside when the rest of the passengers were waiting inside as it appears or otherwise why did they not enter the aircraft along with the passengers, why do they feel they are aliens and cannot walk along with normal public


  • Abu Pessimist
    Sep 17, 2014 - 5:34AM

    Nothing has changed guys. The passengers who booted them were most likely “influential” passengers in first-class and their likes. People who have enough “connections” not to worry about any official action taken against them. This only shows the real problem more clearly. We have the VIPs and then these big shots. The normal people have no say in this. Unfortunate.


  • Rayn
    Sep 17, 2014 - 6:37AM

    Excellent job…..this is the real face of these so called Politicians who always ruling this country since last 60 years.No body is playing dirty Mr.Rehman, people are fed up with you guys. The nation is waking up for all the ills you people have inflected upon them. Well Done…


  • AVPMPolpot
    Sep 17, 2014 - 7:39AM

    Guys this is Rehman Malik’s Patriotism Showing
    If he was still a minister he would have used a chartered aircraft as a sole passenger…all at your expense.


  • Deepak
    Sep 17, 2014 - 8:16AM

    I am from India. I loved reading this story and watching this video. I hope the same treatment is meted out to politicians in India too. If we Indians and Pakistanis teach our politicians a lesson, we can live peacefully. Well done Pakistan.
    I hope there is greater understanding and friendship between the Naya Pakistan and Naya India. People power will eventually win over Political power.


  • Masroor Rizvi
    Sep 17, 2014 - 8:52AM

    We strictly condemn the act of PIA to suspend the flight crew, we should BOYCOTT to travel PIA.


  • Sep 17, 2014 - 12:35PM

    Dear All

    Good work by passengers. Pakistan waking up and standing against these status go politicians.
    you think if you are in Europ or Middle east you will be late , passenger flight will be wait for you .no more DGCA or CAA will asked each delay. ignore them , They will only speech on Assembly building & out side no action about the people of Islamic of Pakistan . we are poor poor, next election give you out ballet to correct person if they don for you and your nation.
    laiquat Baluch


  • Sep 17, 2014 - 12:43PM

    The adviser to the PM on aviation has no business with the sacking of the employees. It is a purely internal affair of the airline and the unions and associations managing the state of affairs for the employees should note. If there was a technical delay, then a public announcement in the cabin would have been made by either the cabin or cockpit crew. it would be very unusual if the passengers were kept waiting for such a length of time without any notification from a crew member or staff on board. This is very easily verifiable as all the passengers are witnesses save two. If God forbid there is a fire at this time in the cabin, then whose responsibility it is to supervise the action?

    It is also possible that a technical problem arose after passenger boarding, Mr. Rehman Malik was informed along with ther MNA but the others were disregarded. But in this case it would be incumbent on the captain to have kept the passengers informed. Technically his responsibility starts once the the doors are closed and the aircraft release is signed.


  • kashmiri pandit
    Sep 17, 2014 - 1:33PM

    Such a good and inspiring news to come out of Pakistan!

    We the coomon Indians salute and support this act of Common Pakistani’s for rising against these so called self proclaimed VIP’s.

    I am sure Pak society is churning for the good and it will not let the extremists, self proclaimed VIP’s , fundamentalist and others of their ilk to take their silence for granted.

    God Speed to you all!

    A Common Indian !


  • Dr AH
    Sep 17, 2014 - 2:26PM

    Well done !
    The credit for the courage of the PIA passengers goes to PTI.
    Imran Khan is right: the people of Pakistan should not let these incidents happen. Wake up !


  • mati ul haq
    Sep 17, 2014 - 3:00PM

    Good Weldon ,we are awaked.Thanks to Imran khan Dr Tahir Qadri and the parliamentarian.


  • Abdullah
    Sep 17, 2014 - 4:29PM

    This is our attitude a 2.5 hrs delay in flight made so complicated so that truth to never be exposed to country. by bold acceptance of our mistakes will make us more prominent in the world


  • Dr. Usman Khalid
    Sep 17, 2014 - 7:03PM

    Best kind of Tabdeeli..!!. Shame on both the MNAs..


  • hijab
    Sep 17, 2014 - 7:16PM

    Wonderful my Nation I salute you for standing up to wrong doers especially our MNA’s who live on our hard earned TAX money and do nothing for us. PAKISTAN ZINDABAD :-)


  • hijab
    Sep 17, 2014 - 7:20PM

    Wonderful my Nation I salute you for standing up for our rights especially against the MNA’S who are scavenging on our hard earned money. Hats off to all of you. Pakistan Zindabad :-)Recommend

  • Ghias
    Sep 17, 2014 - 8:11PM

    Sept 17-14.

    It is the same CIRCUS, but periodically have new CLOWNS..
    Pakistanis cannot change anything, because they are unwilling
    to change their own thinking and arrogant attitude.
    The so-called Muslim country with people full of hubris and arrogance believe
    they are just perfect..

    They need a good dose of humility, solidarity, HONESTY and a deep sense
    of obligation towards their fellow human being. Being Human to Human Beings is the
    Qur’anic Teaching, something Pakistanis have either forgotten or have no concept of.

    Honesty, Punctuality, Self Discipline and Preventive Maintenance is the KEY to PROGRESS..
    and this is alien to most of them. Adios Amigos


  • Bushra
    Sep 17, 2014 - 8:41PM

    Finally, the change is here. My congrats to everyone who took a stand for their right. Every so called VIP should be treated this way, enough is enough.


  • Democratic Dictator
    Sep 17, 2014 - 9:52PM

    SMS !!! Seriously !?! When has pia ever sent an SMS for delayed flights !?! Technical reasons !?! Yeah right !?! Suffered the same !?! LOL !!! Try Sitting in the damn plane for 2 hrs Mr rehman !! I don’t think pia has first class for local flights …. :/


  • HappyPakistani
    Sep 17, 2014 - 10:51PM

    Hahahahaha, finally.


  • Sam
    Sep 17, 2014 - 11:25PM

    Hats Off for PIA Staff and people of Pakistan to stand up against these corrupt politicians.
    All these crooks will be behind bars after the true democracy comes.


  • Eric Kumar
    Sep 18, 2014 - 3:01AM

    No wonder PIA is loosing money because of these crook, criminal, swindler, outlaw, politician and management like this. Middle class is waking up in Pakistan. There is a ray of hope now. Politician will not do any thing for the country, it is the Junta will bring revolution in the land. The masses are sick and tired these politicians.


  • Abuirma
    Sep 18, 2014 - 4:33AM

    Rehman Malik and Dr. Ramesh Kumar ( the name told by him ) are the example of corrupt Political system . To prove their power and egoism they delayed the Flight , that they are so empowered can do any thing and always they are right , common man is so helpless can not challenge them , otherwise in Assemblies they will move TEHREEK E ISTEHKAK . They should be ashmed on use mispower .
    It is evident from the record / movie that they reached late , they are still telling lie and fake story about the Technical Fault . OK , we assume there was Technical Fault , than why TWO ( 2) Hours earlier PIA aked the other Passengers for Boarding ,first Fault may be moved than there can be Boarding . It was assumed by the PIA staff that there could be Technical Fault in the said Flight , therefore inform Rehman Malik and Dr.Ramesh about this delay to save their precious time and keep them away from the Dirty Common Paasengers .
    What a fake and false story narrated by PIA Staff . MD and other Senior Management to save their job , sspended Two PIA Staff members .
    Through true and impartial Investigations it can be proved that The Flight was delayed forcibly by Corrupt Rehman Malik ( in view of his previous affiliation with FIA ) and there was no Technical Fault ( to support him record can be changed ) .
    Lastly at what time Boarding Passes were issued to these Corrupt and Incompetent Politicians and every thing will be crystal clear to prove the facts .



  • sara
    Sep 18, 2014 - 5:37AM

    we use to see in movies heroes fighting and raising voices against injustice….this is a true example of that…we r happy!!!!!!


  • A. Khan
    Sep 18, 2014 - 7:51AM

    Kudos to the passengers who showed Rehman Malik the door. We need to stand up for our rights and not be downtrodden by elected (or in this case indirectly elected) public servants (that is what all these people are), considering themselves VIPs.

    A mini revolution in the making. Let’s show these so-called VIPs who is boss in this country.


  • Sato Fernando
    Sep 18, 2014 - 8:14AM

    Last night Javed Choudary interviewing DQadri and was saying PM and world saying just 5000 people are out for dharna and this is all all awam out in the street.DQ could not well answer him.The fact that best to make someone slave and not allow rebellion,make awam so poor that they can never afford a day off from job,work everyday to support kids,and noone would rebel.This is what is happening in Pakistan.People cannot afford,inside their hearts,majority wants change,and want to rebel against Nawabs and Nawazs.We have to feel the smell in the air,not how many people out in Inqibal march,but access what is happening around.Numbers don’t count.If in plane there is Inqilab,during Nawaz’s visit to flood areas,where he has to listen’GO NAWAZ GO’,I think it is enough for CH.Javed of Express News


  • Umer Farooq Khan
    Sep 18, 2014 - 11:40AM

    Wake up PAKISTAN.


  • ashraf
    Sep 18, 2014 - 12:26PM

    i salute all of passengers who contribute against VIP culture


  • saleem baloch
    Sep 23, 2014 - 5:08PM

    Well done guys.


  • Sep 23, 2014 - 9:49PM

    @Syed Mohammad Husain:
    Mr. Rehman Malik and the MNA are owed more than an apology by the airline. I believe that the PIA Ground Staff kept the VIPs waiting in the airport departure lounge informed throughout, of the rolling technical delay which incurred at the last minute probably after the cockpit crew boarded the aircraft. The rest of the passengers would not have boarded the aircraft unless the aircraft was given okay by maintenance earlier, and permission given by flight operations dispatch or the captain. The Ground Staff handling the flight did not keep the passengers updated on the status of the departure who consequently imagined the worst possible scenario–that they were all waiting for the VIPs to show up, a rumour probably sparked at such moments.


  • Sep 27, 2014 - 9:09AM

    What was admirable was the “gentleman” who was spearheading the drive to get Rehman Malik (X-Interior minister) and Ramesh Kumar (MNA) off-boarded (for holding hapless passengers for 2hrs), was assertive but also non-violent and polite (used “please” 8 times and “sorry sir” 6 times). These are the early signs of life of “Pakistan’s latent civic society”. No force was use. No one was slapped. No shoes were thrown. No collars were grabbed. It was the power of human voice and words in the demand of social justice. Such people are the true pillars of any civic society. The country apparently already has enough civil people beyond the minimum threshold (with strong conscience) to do away with the need of military/technocrat intervention moving forward.


  • Dr. Asad Sadick, Germany
    Oct 3, 2014 - 2:45AM

    I know from personal experience that this happens all the time when Ministers and Senators travel by PIA. They consider it their birthright to delay a flight, block road traffic, be late at functions and be uncivilized when and where they want. They don’t realize that these actions are downright criminal. Many a serious patient could have been saved, had he not been blocked on the road for VIP movement.


  • Oct 3, 2014 - 5:54PM

    This is in continuation to my submission on Sept 23. All what is said about the VIPs misusing their authority or position is very true nearly all the time, but in this matter, I think the PIA staff bungled very badly in not communicating any information about the ongoing delay to the passengers inside the aircraft.There may be another reason for this. Had the delay been announced, the passengers would have had to be deplaned and fed some meal, breakfast or whatever, if it was an early morning flight in the airport restaurant. If this was to take place this, the meal cost would have been substantial for PIA with its present financial status. With the situation as it is that not even a public announcement was made (PA) for the passengers, and the cabin crew absolving themselves of any responsibility in the mess, who would have served them on the aircraft, if that could be arranged? An airline refrains from announcing any substantial delay because of this, and so a rolling delay works best where the matter is left as vague as possible on “technical.” I would also like to ask, if a fire had occurred in the cabin at the time with everybody inside who would have carried out the evacuation? A fire is a possibility any time with service vehicles attending to the aircraft and maybe some accidental hit by any of them on a sensitive structure of the aircraft. This is not unusual.


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