ISLAMABAD: The Prime Minister’s Office on Friday said that no summons have been received with regards to a Supreme Court (SC) order seeking Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s presence in court with regards to the case pertaining to fake degrees issued to airlines pilots.
The PM Office stated that the prime minister respects the judiciary and believes in the rule of law and that if such a summons is received, the premier will appear before the court.
On Thursday, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar summoned the chief executive officers (CEOs) of all airlines of the country to the apex court’s Karachi Registry on Saturday in relation to a suo motu case on fake degrees of airline employees.
The court was informed by Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) that 24 pilots and 67 crew members of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) have fake degrees.
A CAA representative further informed the top court that seven out of the 24 pilots have stay orders from the court while the verification process of 1,972 PIA employees and their degrees has been completed. He said that 17 pilots of the national carrier have resigned or left their posts, the seven remaining are continuing on the basis of their stay order.
The report submitted by Sajid Ilyas Bhatti on behalf of the CAA says that none of the pilots in the private airlines held fake degrees.