KARACHI: Suspended PIA chief executive officer (CEO) Air Marshal Arshad Malik on Thursday approached the Supreme Court (SC) against the Sindh High Court’s (SHC) verdict which had removed him from his role.
Malik filed a petition in the apex court against the high court’s interim orders, making the federal government, Cabinet Division, and the relevant ministry respondents in the case. He contended that he was appointed as the CEO of the national flag carrier for reducing its deficits but the high court stopped him from performing his duties without any legal authority.
He argued that the high court’s decision had paralysed the affairs of the national airline and requested the court to declare its verdict null and void.
On January 1, SHC stopped Malik from performing his duties as the airline’s CEO after a petition challenging his appointment by Senior Staff Association (SASA) General Secretary Safdar Anjum was filed.
The petition had stated that Malik did not fulfil the educational requirements of the post neither did he have any relevant experience for the job.
During proceedings of the case, the two-member bench had issued directives to stop the PIA CEO from performing his functions. The court had also stopped the airline from transferring, hiring or firing employees.
The high court had also stopped the national flag carrier from buying or selling assets. The bench had said that the PIA could not sell assets worth over Rs10 million or make any policies for the time being.
The SHC had also issued a notice to the deputy general to appear before the court on January 22 in relation to the case.
Prior to joining the PIA, Malik was serving as the vice chief of the air staff. He is a graduate of the National Defence University (NDU) and took part in the Air Command and Staff Course in the US.
Malik has served the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) for more than 40 years before he was appointed as the airline’s CEO.
He was appointed as PIA chairman on October 11, 2018, by the federal government. On April 2, 2019, he was appointed the national flag carrier’s CEO.