Shaheen Air CEO gets a blow from Supreme Court

Shaheen Air CEO gets a blow from Supreme Court

ISLAMABAD A three-member bench of Supreme Court headed by CJP Justice Saqib Nisar and comprising Justice Umar Ata Bandial and Justice Ijazul, heard the case regarding the SAI passengers in China.

"I am placing your name on the ECL. You can't go abroad before paying the fine," the chief justice told SAI Chairman Ehsan Sehbai.

On July 29, the SAI flight to Guangzhou was cancelled after the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) had suspended the airline's flight operations, except Haj flights, because of non-payment of its dues of over Rs1.5 billion. Over 300 passengers were left stranded at the Chinese airport. Later, some passengers were refunded their tickets, while some others were transferred to hotels and provided food, etc.

The remaining 214 passengers of the airline had remained stranded in China for almost nine days, returned on Monday after Chief Justice Nisar ordered immediate repatriation of the passengers.

The CAA had given special permission to the SAI to send a plane to bring back the passengers.

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