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  • Advisory issued for all Pakistan-registered carriers and has been really useful to all of the UN businesses.
  • Doubtful licences declare have been put ahead by Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan in June.
  • PIA is barred from touring to the European Union.

ISLAMABAD: The United Nations has requested all its workers internationally to keep away from travelling on Pakistan-registered airline, together with the nationwide flag service, over the alleged doubtful licences of their pilots.

“Due to an ongoing investigation of the CAA [Civil Aviation Authority] Pakistan…due to dubious licenses caution is advised on the use of Pakistan-registered air operators,” mentioned an advisory issued by the UN Safety Administration System (UNSMS).

The advisory has been issued for all Pakistan-registered carriers and has been really useful to all of the UN businesses, together with the UN Improvement Programme, World Well being Group, UN Excessive Fee for Refugees, Meals and Agriculture Group, UN Training, Scientific and Cultural Group and others.

Learn extra: Pilot license scandal, a giant lie?

Based on The Information, the directives have been issued someday after the Pakistan aviation minister had dropped a bombshell alleging that a whole lot of Pakistani pilots had doubtful licences.

Underneath the advisory, the UN personnel have been barred from travelling by any Pakistan-registered airline even domestically.

The Pakistan-registered airways listed within the advisory embrace Pakistan Worldwide Airways (PIA), Air Eagle, Air Indus, Air Blue, Plane Gross sales and Companies, Askari Aviation, Hawk Journey Air, Hybrid Aviation, IAMC Airline, Meezab Aviation, Rayyan Air, Serene Air, Star Air Aviation and Imaginative and prescient Air Worldwide.

Nonetheless, The Information reported that the UN workers has now been allowed, after hectic efforts, to journey solely by Serene Air.

Learn extra: PIA pilot license irregularities symbolize ‘severe lapse’ in security protocols, says IATA

The doubtful licences claims have been put ahead by Federal Minister for Aviation Ghulam Sarwar Khan within the Nationwide Meeting in June of final yr after a PIA jet crashed in Karachi.

Sarwar had introduced within the NA that of the 860 pilots working in Pakistan, 262, over 30%, had pretend flying licenses. He later backtracked and used a barely totally different terminology of licenses obtained by way of doubtful means.

This, he mentioned, had been disclosed throughout a high-level investigation by a Board of Inquiry (BOI) constituted in February 2019.

After this revelation, the PIA got here beneath strict scrutiny from the worldwide businesses and was barred from travelling to the European Union.

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