ISLAMABAD – The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has declared the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)'s order cancelling the license of a pilot as 'null and void', besides calling the verification process for licenses dubious.
A single bench of Chief Justice Athar Minallah issued the order while hearing a petition filed by a pilot, Syed Saqlain Akhter seeking restoration of his license which was revoked for being dubious.
The court noted that it is now clear that the information that the licences of 262 pilots are fake is false.
The high court has also disbanded a board of inquiry established to investigate the license of pilots. The process was launched after an inquiry into PIA’s plane crash in to Karachi earlier this year revealed that most of pilots of national carrier and private airlines held dubious licenses.
In June, Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan disclosed details of the inquiry revealing that 262 pilots including 141 from PIA having false credentials will be grounded.
During the hearing, the IHC chief justice questioned the operations of the CAA, saying whether it was working on the wishes of someone or according to the law.
He said that the statement from the aviation minister damaged reputation of the country, besides landing Pakistani pilots into trouble in the world. He remarked that the statement about 262 pilots fake licese is itself fake.
The chief justice termed the handling of the pilots’ licences issue very disappointing, adding that the mishandling caused ban on PIA flights to the Europe.
During the hearing, the petitioner rejected the allegations of using unfair means to get the license. He said that order about his removal dated July 21, 2020 was issued in haste and in violation of procedural transparency.
Pakistani rupee's value remained stable against US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, Riyal and other currencies in the open market.
On Monday, the US dollar was being quoted at 285.15 for buying and 287.95 for selling.
Euro rate stands at 309.9 for buying and 310.5 for selling. British Pound GBP rate stands at 359.4 for buying, and 360.05 for selling.
UAE Dirham AED currently hovers around 77.45 while rate of Saudi Riyal stands at 75.82.
|UK Pound Sterling||GBP||359.4||360.05|
|Hong Kong Dollar||HKD||36.38||36.48|
|New Zealand Dollar||NZD||173.44||175.44|
The gold remained under pressure as the precious metal moved down despite an upward trend in the international market.
On the first day of the week, the price of a single tola of 24-karat gold stands at Rs217,000 and 10 grams of 24k gold costs Rs186,043
A single tola of 22-karat gold costs Rs170,539, while 21 karat rate for each tola is Rs. 192,325 and the price of 18k gold is Rs164,850.
In the global market, gold prices hover at around $2086, gaining $14.44 on Monday.
|Lahore||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Karachi||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Islamabad||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Peshawar||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Quetta||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Sialkot||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Attock||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Gujranwala||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Jehlum||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Multan||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Gujrat||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Nawabshah||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Chakwal||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Hyderabad||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Nowshehra||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Sargodha||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Faisalabad||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|
|Mirpur||PKR 217,000||PKR 2,720|