Pakistan has suffered a major setback. After the ban on flights of Pakistan International Airlines in Europe, the US has also stopped the movement of PIA aircraft, taking a big step against Pakistan.
After the way a big plane crash happened in Pakistan recently, Pakistan has received its second major setback. Earlier, flights of Pakistan International Airlines were banned in Europe, now the United States has taken a big step against Pakistan and stopped the movement of PIA aircraft.
The US Transport Ministry has issued the order following concerns raised by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regarding the license of Pakistani pilots.
Earlier on 1 July, the European Air Safety Agency (EASA) also banned the operation of Pakistan International Airlines for 6 months.
According to media reports, an investigation conducted last month in Pakistan found that one-third of its pilots had shown the wrong information and papers related to their qualifications.
The European Union had said that the national airline of Pakistan would not be allowed to fly in Europe for at least 6 months. After this announcement, Pakistan International Airlines announced to stop its operations in Europe.
The European Union said that the ban on PIA operations would be effective from July 1. This decision came after the statement by the aviation minister of Pakistan Ghulam Sarwar Khan that about one-third of the Pakistani pilots had passed their pilot examination fraudulently.
An investigation into the death of 97 people due to the crash of a PIA aircraft in Karachi on 22 May revealed that 260 out of 860 pilots in Pakistan had cheated their pilot examinations, but still the Civil Aviation Authority gave them licenses.
The government of Pakistan has fired four officials of the regulatory agency and the culprits are being prosecuted.
Pakistan had said recently that it is removing 262 airline pilots whose credibility may be fake. Ghulam Sarwar Khan had said in Parliament during that time that a large number of professional pilots had fake licenses or they had cheated in examinations.
Sarwar also said that the investigation found that more than 260 out of 860 pilots had either fake licenses.
Or did they fake the examinations. The future of Pakistan International Airlines is stuck in the dark after the sanctions from the European Union and the US.