BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA: This is in response to the news that former interior minister Rehman Malik was offloaded from a PIA plan by a passenger as he boarded the plane late which led to a delay in the flight. This incident may be seen as aggression from the passengers but it gives us a good opportunity to reflect how the so-called VIP culture has negatively affected every sphere of life in our country. This is not the first time that a flight has been delayed due to some ‘VIP’ passenger. However, this incident shows that people are waking up and taking a stand for the right thing. Soon, there will be an end to elitism and unnecessary preferential treatment in the country. It was the responsibility of the PIA management to operate the flight without waiting for individuals but they failed to do so and then contradictory views were given by the airline spokesman.
It is a positive sign that people have started raising their voice against unfair actions. If people continue to raise their voices, it may help minimise the poisonous VIP culture in our country.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 17th, 2014.