LHC orders PIA to ensure 10 percent quota for female pilots


LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday ordered the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) to allot 10 per cent of the recruiting quota to female pilots.

The decision has come in lieu of an aspiring pilot, Komal Zafar’s petition in the LHC which accused the national airline of disregarding the female quota in its advertisement regarding fresh recruitments and termed it “unconstitutional”.

The petition was made last month and was accepted by LHC judge Farrukh Farhan Khan, who had then issued a stay order on the recruitment process on March 16 until a final ruling was passed.

On Thursday, Komal’s lawyer had apprised the court that PIA is still hiring new recruits without allocating any quota to female applicants, ignoring the court’s stay order.

He further appealed to the court to charge the national airline officials with contempt of court for insubordination to the court.

Justice Khan concluded the hearing by once again ordering the PIA recruitment manager to include 10 per cent quota for women and added that the process will have to be started from square one.



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