The Sindh High Court barred Air Marshal Arshad Malik, chief executive officer (CEO) of National Airlines (PIA), from banning the recruitment and transfer of new recruits to the company.
The court heard the petition filed against Air Marshal Arshad Malik's appointment.
A two-member bench of the Sindh High Court barred Air Marshal Arshad Malik from working and selling, selling policy, and selling more than one crore assets in PIA.
The court issued a notice to the deputy attorney general on January 22, seeking a response.
It is to be noted that against the Air Marshal Arshad Malik, Airline Senior Staff Association (SASA) general secretary Safdar Anjum had filed a petition in the court stating that Air Marshal Arshad Malik did not meet the educational standards for the desired position. There is no landing and no airline experience.
The petition contended that Air Marshal Arshad Malik did his BSc in 1982 and subsequently received his studies in war studies, though he is not aware of the civil aviation laws related to the airline industry and commercial flights.
It further stated that the appointment of Air Marshal Arshad Malik was completely ignored in the Public Sector Companies Rules 2013 and Rule 2A under which the CEO is appointed.
In addition, the petition stated that the appointment of the national airline CEO violated the seven steps listed in the Rule 2A guidelines.
It may be recalled that on January 21, 2019, the Lahore High Court declared National Airline CEO Air Marshal Arshad Malik in accordance with the law.
Justice Shahid Karim of the High Court dismissed the petition as unheard of and dismissed Arshad Malik's appointment.
Nabeel Javed Kahlon took the stand in his application that Air Marshal Arshad contradicted the country's deployment procedures.
During the hearing applicant's lawyer said that Arshad Malik's appointment as 'CEO' was made without the approval of the federal government.