Islamabad: PIA official sacked in fake visas case
ISLAMABAD: As reported by the Dawn News on Wednesday, an official of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) posted at the Benazir International Airport was suspended on Tuesday for his alleged involvement in facilitating six passengers to fly to a European country on fake documents. Zubair Khan, the in-charge of PIA’s task force working at the international departure lounge, was on duty when Syed Zawar Shah, Mohammad Altaf, Zakaullah, Kashif Khalid, Ali Osman and Nasarullah succeeded in boarding a PIA flight (PK-771) bound for Oslo, Norway, via Copenhagen on September 18. The passengers travelled on fake documents due to alleged negligence and corruption by the staff of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA)’s immigration wing and the PIA official. Sources said each passenger had allegedly paid Rs800,000 to the FIA immigration staff and Rs50,000 to the PIA official and got their travelling documents cleared before boarding the flight. Though the PIA has suspended its official and ordered an inquiry for further action against him, sources said the FIA had only shifted its inspector, who was on duty that day, from the departure to arrival counter.