The shift manager and manager terminal of flight PK- 370 from Karachi to Islamabad have been suspended by Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) following the two and a half hours delay caused due to two lawmakers, a private news channel reported.
According to the report, Shift Manager Nadeem Abro and Managaer Terminal Shehzad Ali have been suspended for irresponsibility and delaying arrival of Senator Rehman Malik and MNA Dr Ramesh Kumar Wakwani in the plane.
The suspension was ordered by Prime Minister’s Advisor Shujaat Azeem who was also stated saying that VIP culture would not be tolerated in the government organisations.
Video gone viral
A video clip went viral online early on Tuesday showing Senator Rehman Malik and Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz (PML-N) Member of National Assembly Dr Ramesh Kumar Wakwani being barred by airline passengers to board a plane for a flight delay caused due to them.
The video shows passengers complaining that the Islamabad- bound Pakistan International Airline (PIA) flight from Karachi has been delayed for two and a half hours to wait for the lawmakers while other passengers waited inside.
” So called VIPs,” says a passenger mockingly.
“My foot VIPs.” “I will grill them, don’t you worry,” says another.
“We have waited for too long. 68 years. Are we going to take it another 68 years,” a passenger is heard saying.
Senator Malik was turned back from the jetway connecting the terminal to the aircraft by the passengers as they called out to him saying, ‘You should go back. You should apologise to these passengers. You should be ashamed of yourself… 250 passengers have suffered because of you.’
“Malik sahab, you are not a minister any more. And even if you are, we don’t care, we don’t care any more.’ called out one passenger while others can be heared shouting at Malik as he rushes back.
PML-N MNA expelled from plane
MNA Dr Ramesh Kumar Wakwani was also forced out of his seat by the passengers as they chanted ‘shame, shame, shame’.
As the MNA left the plane, the passengers applauded.
PIA, Malik clarify positions
A spokesperson of PIA has however claimed that the flight delay was caused due to a technical issue and the passengers had been informed via an SMS. He added that PIA does not promote VIP culture.
As the news of the video clip made rounds, Senator Rehman Malik clarified his position of Twitter.
I hv right to defend myself agst the allegation.PK370 /1900hr was delayed b/c tech reasons/was expected to leave at 2030. So no delay for me
— Rehman Malik (@SenRehmanMalik) September 16, 2014
PTI applauds incident
#EndVIPCulture is the call of PTI and we are glad that the people of Pakistan have stood up for their rights.
— PTI (@PTIofficial) September 16, 2014
— Dr. Arif Alvi (@ArifAlvi) September 16, 2014
People of Pakistan have finaly decided that only way forward is through “RULE OF LAW” look what happened on PIA flight….bravo
— Nadir Leghari (PTI) (@nadirlegharipti) September 16, 2014