PM Abbasi will appear before Supreme Court if summoned, confirms spox

12:43 PM | 11 May, 2018
PM Abbasi will appear before Supreme Court if summoned, confirms spox
ISLAMABAD - The Prime Minister Office has clarified that Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will turn up before the Supreme Court, provided he is summoned.

According to a spokesperson of PM House, no summons have been received up till now regarding a Supreme Court order seeking Abbasi's appearance before the court in a personal capacity.

"The prime minister respects the judiciary and believes in rule of law," the PM Office stated further.

The statement came a day after Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice Saqib Nisar summoned the chief executive officers of all airlines of the country to the apex court's Karachi Registry in a suo motu case on fake degrees of airline employees.

During the hearing, the top judge was informed that one of the airlines was owned by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, to which, CJP Nisar remarked that the court could summon him as CEO of the company, not as the prime minister of the country.

Afterwards, all the heads of the airlines were directed to appear in persons at SC’s Karachi Registry on Saturday.

Fake Degree Case

The top judge of the country was left surprised when it was revealed that 24 pilots and 67 cabin crew members of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) possessed fake degrees;  17 pilots have already left the national flag carrier, five have obtained stay orders from the Sindh High Court and one from a civil judge in Islamabad.

The figures were presented by Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) as it submitted a report of 451 pilots and 29,172 crew members of PIA.

On behalf of the CAA, Law Officer Sajid Ilyas Bhatti informed the three-member bench headed by the chief justice that of the total 451 pilots at present, degrees of 319 have been verified and found to be genuine by the PIA while the certificates/degrees of 124 pilots are under scrutiny.

The CAA report said private airlines, Shaheen Air International Limited, Airblue Limited and Serene Air, had sought time to verify degrees of their pilots and crew members.

On the occasion, the CAA’s representative responded that Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, the prime minister of Pakistan, was the chief executive officer (CEO) of the Airblue.

Upon this, the top judge observed that it was a conflict of interests, remarking that the PM will have to appear as the CEO of the airline to inform the bench about the degrees of pilots.

The writer is a civil servant.


Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 22 February 2024

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 22, 2024 (Thursday)

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.6 for buying and 282.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 300.2 for buying and 303.2 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 350.6 for buying, and 354.1 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.2 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.45.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 22 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.6 282.4
Euro EUR 300.2 303.2
UK Pound Sterling GBP 350.6 354.1
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.2 76.95
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.45 75.2
Australian Dollar AUD 181.15 183.15
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.32 751.32
Canadian Dollar CAD 207.15 209.15
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.74 36.09
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.41 911.41
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 725.96 733.96
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207.1 209.1
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 316.9 319.4
Thai Bhat THB 7.93 8.08


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