FIA arrests former PIA MD in illegal appointment case

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KARACHI: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has arrested the former managing director of Pakistan International Airlines PIA Ijaz Haroon in the illegal appointment case.

FIA Corporate Crime Circle Karachi has arrested former director of PIA human resource department Hanif Pathan. They are accused of appointed Salim Sayani as deputy managing director (DMD) in 2009 in violation of regulations.

According to FIA officials, Salim Sayani, a Pakistani-origin USA national, had been appointed on the salary of $20,000 per month besides other perks and privileges including medical coverage, a 5-star hotel room for three months and family accommodation in Dubai on the expenses of the national airline.

Sayani had been granted seven percent salary increment every year besides the provision of insurance coverage up to $1 million in case of kidnapping for ransom, death or injury and three-month gross salary on the maturity of contract for each completed year of service.

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The arrests were made after an inquiry found serious violations of regulations for the appointment without any advertisement or followigng the recruitment process candidates or acquiring services of any consultancy firm,

In 2018, the FIA had launched an inquiry against Haroon for allegedly committing massive corruption, being involved in money laundering and accumulating assets beyond known sources of income abroad.

Ejaz Haroon had stepped down from the post of MD of PIA in 2011 after the national carrier’s employees had protested against his appointment.


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