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The Federal Investigation Agency will investigate the issuance of fake licenses to commercial pilots in Pakistan, Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan said Friday.

The development comes days after investigators held the pilot responsible for the PK-8303 crash in Karachi.

An A-320 aircraft of the Pakistan International Airline had crashed
minutes before its second landing attempt in Karachi’s Model Colony on May 22.
The plane was carrying 99 people and only two survived the crash.

Khan revealed details of corruption within the Civil Aviation Authority at a press conference in Islamabad Friday.

There are 262 commercial pilots in the country whose licenses
are dubious, according to the minister. Of them, 34 pilots didn’t appear in
even one out of eight exam papers.

Khan said the authorities have prepared a list of 148 pilots
with dubious licenses. The matter of fake degrees of 28 others would be
forwarded to the cabinet, he said.

Pilots having dubious licenses will not be allowed to operate
flights, the minister said. They will lose their jobs and face cases.

So far, he said, five CAA officials have been suspended for issuing of fake licenses to pilots. Khan said the government would task the FIA with investigating the matter.

Abdul Gh Lone