PIA CEO Arshad Malik asked by CJP to choose between PIA and PAF

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PIA CEO Arshad Malik asked by CJP to choose between PIA and PAF

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan International Airlines CEO Arshad Malik asked by Chief Justice of Pakistan to choose between PIA and PAF.

Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Gulzar Ahmed on Thursday asked Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Air Marshal Arshad Malik to decided which position he wants to hold.

“Ask Marshal Sahab either to leave Pakistan Air Force or the PIA as appointment on deputation is illegal”, the CJP remarked while hearing PIA CEO appointment case.

Salman Akram Raja and Naeem Bukhari appeared before the court to represent PIA.

During the hearing, the court observed that seems like government wants to operate PIA on adhoc basis, but the national-flag carrier needs a full time and a professional chief, who can take out the organization from loss and turn into a profit making one.

To this, Salman Akram Raja said Arshad Malik will work full time for the PIA. CJP Justice Gulzar remarked that an individual cannot work in two organisations at the same time.

“We will not allow any officer to run two organizations simultaneously.”

CJP Justice Gulzar asked Naeem Bukhari to consult with Arshad Malik that which position he wants to keep?.

Bukhari pleaded the court to grant one-week time for consultation into the matter, which was maintained by the top court.

Later, the hearing was adjourned till first week of March.

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