SHC issues bailable warrants for CAA DG

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The Sindh High Court (SHC) issued bailable warrants on Friday for Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) director general and a medical officer concerned for not appearing in the court despite repeated notices on a petition filed by a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) pilot.
SHC division bench, comprising Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Ghulam Sarwar Korai, heard the constitutional petition moved by PIA captain Haroon Abdullah, seeking to continue his professional duties.
Adjourning the hearing to the next date that would be fixed later, the court issued bailable warrants to the respondents in the sum of Rs 25,000 each.
The petitioner had submitted that due to the non-issuance of his medical certificate by the CAA medical officer, the authority’s higher authorities were ignoring him and not giving him any flights. Due to such attitude of the respondents, he was not able to continue his profession and is suffering financially, he added.
He stated that despite approaching the higher authorities, no action has been taken so far and he was not issued the medical assessment report by the medical officials.
Citing CAA Director General Riaz Kohso and Medical Officer Afzal Bogio among others as respondents, the plaintiff pleaded the court that respondents be issued orders to provide him flights and issue him a medical report.
HAJJ OPERATIONS: The same bench summoned the Federal Religious Affairs Secretary seeking explanation over allotting Hajj quotas to the private tour operators.
The bench had heard a constitutional petition filed by Sailani Travels and Tours, and other Hajj tour operators seeking issuance of equal Hajj quotas.
Appearing before the bench, Hajj Operations director submitted that he had received 230 applications for Hajj registration while 202 applicants were granted the licence. He added that he was not authorised to grant any further registrations.
After hearing his comments, the court issued notice to the Federal Religious Affairs Secretary to submit his comments in the next hearing that would be fixed later.