Lahore: PIA sacks five top officials in Rs150m scam
LAHORE: PIA has laid off five top officials through terminations and forced retirements after being proven guilty of corruption/negligence in the Cargo Agency case in 2007 in which PIA lost Rs150 million, The News has learnt.
Sources in the PIA revealed that these lay-offs have been done after the decision by an inquiry committee formed to investigate the Cargo Agency corruption case. In 2007, the then director marketing Kamran Hassan was found involved in favoring a cargo agency by the name of ‘Cargo Aid’ which was owned by his brother. Kamran Hassan kept on lending credit to the agency in conflict with PIA’s policies and after ‘Cargo Aid’ had benefited by over Rs150 million, the agency defaulted leaving PIA helpless.
Kamran Hassan got all these financial favours approved by the then Karachi district manager Mamoonur Rasheed, who apparently had no other option but to follow the recommendation of the director.
This credit to ‘Cargo Aid’ was approved by the then PIA’s finance official Javaid Lodhi, who was also later implicated in the corruption case by PIA. When the PIA’s top brass traced the ‘nepotistic links’ of this matter, an inquiry committee was constituted that was headed by the then director precision engineering.
The investigation continued for three years during which Kamran Hassan was made OSD until the jury decided his fate. After extensive probe, the investigation found Kamran Hassan guilty of the charges levelled against him and as a result was terminated by PIA Friday.
Mamoonur Rasheed, who was currently serving as director flight services, has been laid off through early forced retirement on charges of negligence of duties as the jury found his casual approach toward the recommendation of Kamran Hassan detrimental to the financial health of the national carrier. Javaid Lodhi, who was serving as finance official during this corruption has also been forced to retire early. Aftab Shaikh who was heading the cargo operations during this corruption, had also been implicated by inquiry committee and has been laid off after being found guilty of dereliction of duties. In a similar measure as per the verdict of the inquiry committee former district manager Agha Sahi and Imtiaz Bhutta have also been laid off early forced retirement. When the PIA General Manager Ms Aneesa Rahman was contacted to give her version on these decisions, she initially avoided and after being called thrice switched off her phone.