Waqar’s brother becomes PIA pilot with fake degree

This was disclosed at a meeting of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the National Assembly during the scrutiny of an audit report on the aviation division.



By Afzal Khan

Published: Thu 26 Feb 2015, 10:47 PM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 8:47 PM

Islamabad — The younger brother of Waqar Younis, the former captain of Pakistan cricket team and its the incumbent head coach, was appointed as a pilot in Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) on bogus educational certificates.

This was disclosed at a meeting of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the National Assembly during the scrutiny of an audit report on the aviation division.

Initially, Secretary Aviation Division Mohammed Ali Gardezi and Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Managing Director Shahnawaz Rehman expressed ignorance about pilot Faisal Younis’s relations. But after the PAC quizzed and directed them to produce complete details, Gardezi informed the committee that Faisal was the younger brother of Waqar Younis.

According to details, PIA inducted Faisal as a cadet pilot on November 13, 2003, on a five-year contract. During the verification of his educational record after three years of appointment, it was revealed that his graduation degree was bogus. The audit report claimed that in 2010, Faisal was penalised by curtailing his three years’ seniority.

In the meantime, Faisal produced a diploma in commerce, claiming that it was equivalent to the Bachelor’s degree. The audit report maintained that instead of dismissing the pilot, the PIA management allowed him to work in the national flag carrier.

Both the secretary aviation and the PIA managing director were defending the appointment, saying the PIA had invested a huge amount in Faisal’s training and inducted him as a pilot of Boeing 777.

“It is not the Daewoo bus, the commercial pilot should be educated enough to read the instructions on sophisticated gadgets,” said Junaid Anwar Chaudhry, a PAC member.

The secretary aviation replied that initially the qualification for the commercial pilot was matriculation with a commercial pilot licence (CPL), adding Faisal had submitted his CPL at the time of his induction.

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