The Supreme Court on Wednesday suspended the licenses of 65 cabin crew members and 16 pilots for holding fake degrees.
The directive was made as a three-member bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar heard a case regarding fake degrees of cabin crew members and pilots.
In January 2018, CJP Nisar had taken a suo motu notice of the matter.
“Except for six degrees all others have been verified. The six degrees that have not been verified belong to those who are abroad,” Civil Aviation Authority’s (CAA) legal counsel informed the court as proceedings began.
“Degrees of 16 pilots and 65 cabin crew members were fake and their licenses have been suspended,” the CAA representative added.
“The impression is that action is being taken in haste over the court order,” the top judge remarked in response.
“We do not want to halt anyone’s source of income. The certificates on the basis of which the licenses of pilots and cabin crew members were suspended should be accurate,” CJP Nisar further observed.
“Pilots have the right to appeal after their licenses are suspended,” the CAA’s counsel noted.
“My degree is not fake but my license was still suspended,” a pilot who was present in the courtroom said.
“If anyone has any issues then they should approach the relevant forum,” the top judge remarked.
The apex court then wrapped up the case, stating that the degrees of 65 cabin crew members and 16 pilots were found to be fake.