FIA arrests 2nd pilot in license scandal & placed more 45 accused on stop-list

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Authorities arrested another accused pilot Fahad Sultan and placed names of over 45 people including pilots and officials of PCAA license branch on the FIA stop-list in order to prevent them from fleeing Pakistan.

A second pilot was detained on Tuesday by the immigration staff at the Islamabad International Airport, he was wanted by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) in a fraudulent pilot licensing scandal.

As per the information, a pilot named Fahad Sultan, who was attempting to leave for the United Kingdom on a UK passport from New Islamabad International Airport, was arrested by the FIA.

Fahad was arrested as he was listed in the fake pilots’ license scandal case, according to FIA Deputy Director Rauf Sheikh, and his name was on the case’s 24th number. Rauf Sheikh said that in the dubious licensing scandal, the federal investigation agency is conducting searches to apprehend other suspects.

The defendant allegedly engaged in the issuance by CAA of the Commercial Pilot License (CPL) and the Air Transport Pilot License (ATPL) on the grounds of bogus pilot license examinations.

In addition, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has discovered a network allegedly involved in the scam of fake pilot licenses, comprising its staff and some pilots.

Relevant officials at all airports and border crossings in the country are instructed to detain such people if they try to leave the country and also to inform the FIA Karachi about it.

According to reports, after it has been revealed that some of the aviation officials were using their frontmen to raise money for the bogus licenses, the CAA is carrying out raids for two defendants allegedly involved in the scandal.

They said that license branch workers allegedly received hundreds of thousands of rupees for paper from each pilot and another person was allowed to sit in the pilot’s position in exchange.

Some of the license branch officials and pilots have been remanded by the CAA,” they said, adding that the scope of the investigations has been extended.” “FIRs against these elements have also been decided to be registered,” the sources said.

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