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PIA Dismisses 52 Staffers Over Tempered Degrees, Violation Of Rules

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The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Friday dismissed 52 employees on a number of charges, including fake or tampered degrees, violation of rules and disclosure of confidential information to the media.

Conversely, it lauded services of 11 employees for their dedication and commitment to the national flag carrier and awarded acknowledgment letters to them, Dawn reported. The airline had grounded hundreds of pilots after it was revealed by the Federal Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar that some pilots possessed fake licenses.

According to the spokesperson of the airline, they are taking strict measures to ensure discipline in the organisation, adding it acknowledges professionalism and dedication among the staffers.

On Tuesday, European Union Air Safety Agency (EASA) suspended the PIA planes to fly to and from Europe in the next six months, the spokesman said on Tuesday. The statement from PIA said, “EASA has temporarily suspended PIA’s authorisation to operate to the EU member states for a period of 6 months effective July 1, 2020, with the right to appeal against this decision.”

On June 27, a spokesperson of the national flag carrier said the airline had approached foreign missions and world regulatory bodies, informing it had grounded all 141 pilots who were believed to carrying dubious licenses, such as those obtained through unfair means.

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