The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) on Saturday refuted the allegations levelled by Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry against opposition Senator Mushahidullah Khan, declaring the appointment of the PML-N leader’s brothers in the national flag-bearer devoid of political influence.
The national airline, in a statement to local media, said that Mushahidullah’s brothers were not given jobs on his directives, giving a clean chit to the senator.
In October, a Senate’s session was disrupted after Fawad and Mushahidullah traded barbs.
The minister alleged that Mushahidullah’s whole family was in the PIA and there was no way he would apologise for what he said. “I still stand by it,” he said. In response, the PML-N senator challenged the minister that if he [Fawad] manages to find six people from his [senator’s] family who are part of PIA, he will resign from his post. He, however, added that if the minister fails, he should be the one to resign from his position.
In a tweet, the minister shared a document showing names and details of the induction of Mushahidullah’s family members in the national carrier.
As per the document, Mushahidullah himself joined the PIA as a loader in February 1990, and resigned in May 1997 as a passenger service supervisor.
Details of Mushahidullah Brothers and Cousins employed by PIA, PIA hosted Senator for 54 Thousand Pounds operation in London… Aur Maafi b mein mangoon? pic.twitter.com/4DG1jXl0xN
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) October 10, 2018
His bother Rashidullah Khan joined the airline in June 1978 as a traffic assistant and worked his way up as a deputy general manager of the commercial department in 2007. Rashidullah was then nominated as a country manager in New York and retired from PIA in August 2016, according to the tweet.
Another brother of Mushaidullah, Sajidullah Khan is presently posted as the PIA’s station manager in London. He has served five years of his tenure in foreign posting, instead of three years.
Sajidullah was also posted in Birmingham as a station manager for three years and was also awarded Chauffeur Drive Business to M/s ARL Services in the UK in an alleged violation of the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) rules, resulting in 67,000 pounds ad hoc payment.
His cousin Mutiullah and brother-in-law Ahmed Nadeem Pasha are also PIA employees and the latter is currently working without any assignment, the document reads, claiming that the promotion of Pasha from PG-VI to PG-VII was not processed as per the corporate rules.