IHC turns down petition against Ghulam Sarwar Khan

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday, turned downed the petition seeking the removal of Federal Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan over the issue of fake credentials in the aviation sector.

IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah heard the petition seeking the sacking of Federal Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan on the fake licenses scam that has jolted Pakistan’s aviation industry.

Citing constitutional limitations on the court’s authority, the court rejected the petition and stated that it has no jurisdiction over the removal of any cabinet member, and that any decision regarding the removal of aviation minister must be made by Prime Minister Imran Khan as he is the executive head of the country.

“This court is confident that the Prime Minister and members of the cabinet will not hesitate in proceeding against a minister or the regulator if the latter are found involved, in any manner, to have caused harm to the interests of the State or the reputation of professional pilots and the national flag carrier,” the court remarked.

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Furthermore, court’s verdict also stressed upon the fact that any judicial intervention in the matter might violate the constitutional provisions and the principles of collective accountability of the cabinet and its members.

It is pertinent to know that earlier, Federal Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan had revealed that several pilots and other employees in the Pakistani aviation industry have fake credentials and licenses.