PIA sacks three officers for pointing out ‘discrepancies’

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ISLAMABAD: Three officers of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), who had refused to issue employment letter to the chief executive officer (CEO), have been sacked over pointing out discrepancies in the date of birth of their boss, a private TV channel reported.

Dr Musharraf Rasool Siyan was appointed as the PIA chief executive officer by a former prime minister. Reportedly, the documents he had submitted contained a ‘forged matric certificate’ while there were also contradictions in his date of birth.

According to the documents, Dr Siyan’s CNIC shows he was born on November 4, 1967, but the educational certificates issued by the Rawalpindi Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education shows his date of birth as March 12, 1967. Dr Siyan has served as the staff officer to former Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governor and former minister for aviation Mehtab Abbasi.

Dr Siyan has no experience of working in the aviation industry, as 25 years of experience in the field is a prerequisite for the CEO post of the national flag carrier. After Dr Siyan’s appointment, the PIA officers had pointed out discrepancies in his date of birth and refused to issue the employment letter to him. They asked for a written order from then PIA chairman Irfan Ilahi to issue the letter.

The PIA chairman and the Aviation Division secretary called up the HR manager from Islamabad, issued the employment letter before sacking the HR manager along with two other officers. The channel reported that PIA has already fired 383 staffers accusing them of submitting forged documents.

Dr Siyan, a DMG officer, holds a master’s degree in economics from a London university. He (Dr Siyan) had submitted an affidavit stating that the date of birth on his CNIC should be considered legal following which the notification of his appointment had been issued by the Aviation Division, a PIA official said.