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Senate Committee on Aviation
Published Date :
Feb 12,2020

A meeting of the Senate Committee on Aviation was held on Wednesday at Parliament House.  The agenda included consideration of the interim report of inquiry committee (JIT) as assured by the Minister for Aviation in the meeting of Standing Committee held on the point of public importance raised by Senator Behramand Khan Tangi on corruption in the project of new Islamabad International Airport as referred by the House on 13th November, 2018.  The Committee was also briefed about the dubious deal of PKR 700 million in the award of contract of in flight Entertainment (IFE) to an ineligible firm, progress report of review Committee of PIA on fake degrees issue, Hearing of senior RTO and GM Speedex (The then Special Assistant to CEO) in harassment case at work place as referred by the Hon’ble Chairman Senate to the Committee, and details of recruitment in CAA, PIA, ASF and Pakistan Meteorological Department made during the last three years.  Consideration of the Resolution raised by Senator Prof. Dr. Mehr Taj Roghani regarding the re-employment of retired PIA employees was taken up as well. 

Chaired by Senator Mushahidullah Khan, the meeting was attended by the Senator Faisal Javed, Senator Syed Muzafar Hussain Shah, Senator Shaheen Khalid Butt, Senator Muhammad Asad Ali Khan Junejo, Senator Sherry Rehman, Senator Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar, Senator Sajjad Hussain Turi, Senator Behramand Khan Tangi, Senator Prof. Dr. Mehar Taj Roghani and senior officers from the Ministry of Aviation, PIA, CAA, ASF, Pakistan Meteorological Department.

The meeting commenced with Consideration of the Resolution raised by Senator Prof. Dr. Mehr Taj Roghani regarding the re-employment of retired PIA employees referred by the House during the sitting dated 20 January, 2020.  The matter was disposed, and the Committee stressed policy formulation for recruitment of fresh candidates.

While consideration of the interim report of inquiry committee (JIT) as assured by the Minister for Aviation in the meeting of Standing Committee held on the point of public importance raised by Senator Behramand Khan Tangi on corruption in the project of new Islamabad International Airport as referred by the House on 13th November, 2018; the Committee demanded reasons for delay in forming a JIT, as per directions of the Committee.  It was stressed that complete investigative report must be submitted to the Committee, if not a Privilege Motion will be moved. 

Deliberating over the dubious financial deal of PKR 700 Million in the award of contract of In Flight Entertainment (IFE) to an eligible firm, the Committee directed that details of the tender along with criteria for prequalification must be submitted to the Committee after which a detailed discussion will be held in the next meeting. 

Taking the issue of fake degrees, a sub-Committee was formed to probe the matter in greater detail so that options to deal with the matter on humanitarian grounds could be explored.  Senator Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar was nominated Convener. 

Hearing of senior RTO and GM Speedex (The then Special Assistant to CEO) in harassment case at work place as referred by the Hon’ble Chairman Senate; the Committee took strong notice of the absence of the accused and the complainant. It was stressed that if the two failed to appear when summoned next, a Privileged Motion will be moved against them. 

Discussing details of recruitment in CAA, PIA, ASF and Pakistan Meteorological Department made during the last three years, the Committee directed that details of qualification criteria, testing services, policy laying down for minimum marks and interview details be shared with the Committee.

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