Fact-Check: Kuwait Airline Has Not Begun Any ‘Inquiry’ Against Pakistani Pilots
Reports of Kuwait Airways beginning an inquiry against Pakistani pilots after Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar’s statement that 262 Pakistani pilots were holding fake licences were reported by some media outlets, but it has emerged that the news is incorrect.
Kuwait Airways posted a series of tweet in this regard and clarified that the news being circulated on media that the airline has terminated the services of Pakistani pilots isn’t true. The clarification noted that currently no Pakistani pilot is an employee of Kuwait Airways.
عدد ١٣ مهندساً من الجنسية الباكستانية يحملون المؤهلات العلمية المعتمدة من منظمات السلامة والصيانة الدولية ويعملون حالياً مع زملائهم بكل كفاءة ومهنية،، لذا اقتضى التوضيح شاكرين للجميع تفهمهم وتعاونهم..
— Kuwait Airways (@KuwaitAirways) June 28, 2020
“Although there are 13 Pakistani engineers employed in the airlines who hold the educational qualifications accredited by the international safety and maintenance organisations.”
On Sunday, The Express Tribune reported that Kuwait Airways had initiated probe against the Pakistani employees.
“According to the sources, Kuwait Air has grounded seven Pakistani pilots and 56 engineers, while Qatar Airways, Oman Air and Vietnam Airlines have compiled lists of Pakistani pilots, engineers and ground-handling staff. They said that the employees whose names are on the lists will remain grounded till a report is received from the Pakistani authorities,” the newspaper reported.