Lets admit this is a very complicated issue. A hot potato. Could not brush it under the carpet. There is a famous Urdu proverb, 'na jai mannad na pai raftan". Hence it required a very careful, intelligent and well thought out strategy to mitigate the potential consequences.Abbas Ali wrote: ↑Wed Jul 01, 2020 10:29 pmAccording to news sources, at today's federal cabinet meeting:
Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Federal Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar expressed reservations over the way the issue of pilots' licence was handled.
Poor handling of the issue brought bad name and embarrassment for Pakistan, the two ministers opined.
First and foremost, things are drastically wrong at CAA. Yes it is partially due to political interference/appointees past and present but what about the collective responsibilities of the org and its senior management. Its they who share the prime responsibility of safeguard the sanctity and credibility of all licences and certifications issued by them, sadly they failed.
I am of the opinion that there could have been better options to tackle it. For example keep it separate from the ongoing focus on A320 crash. Complete the investigation into all cases, finalize the list of genuine culprits, initiate complete the disciplinary action, and mitigating measures at CAA and then make it public by taking major agencies like ICAO/FAA/EASA into confidence.
Similarly, use of correct language, phrases and words is very important especially for people at senior and responsible positions. In my opinion, there was no "fake or Jaali" licence as declared by the minister in assembly. In fact the issue is use of unfair means/proxy while attempting the written papers. However the minister in his exuberance went too far in his declaration, perhaps not knowing its implications beyond our borders. He most probably found it a good opportunity to put past regimes in dock and highlighting the difficult situation present govt is facing due to past mistakes/corruption and efforts they are making to remedy.
In my humble opinion respectable minister jumped the gun a bit.