04 September, 2018

Supreme Court orders Pakistan International Airlines boss to step down

Pakistan International Airlines' chief executive has stepped down from the airline on the direct order of Pakistan’s Supreme Court, which said his appointment was made in violation of the rules and regulations. 

PIA named Musharraf Rasool Cyan as its chief executive during the last quarter of last year and it was hoped he could turn the carrier's fortunes around late. PIA was reported to be losing up to $30 million per month last year. 

The three-member panel headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar passed the ruling on Monday that Musharraf Rasool Cyan didn't have any aviation experience, nor did he meet the criteria set down for the position. One of the judges even remarked that Cyan’s appointed was illegal because he'd only been placed in the position because of his relationship to an adviser to the former prime minister. who made the appointment. 

Pakistan International Airlines have confirmed today that it has complied with the courts ruling and Cyan had left the company.