Conference of aviation minister


Mujtaba S. Raja
Our Aviation Minister, Ghulam Sarwar Khan, commenced his press conference on the 26th of June by
drawing an analogy that in order to save an extremely ill patient, it is required that all sorts of medical
procedures—including surgery, radioactive therapy and chemotherapy—are carried out. This example
was used to justify the stance of the government against the pilots who allegedly hold fake licenses and
Mr. Sarwar deemed the actions as much needed reforms. I do not disagree with the learned minister,
and in fact it appears that the analogy referred to applies to government actions in all areas which
require reform. However, it is astonishing that despite these actions, the actual issues and problems
remain unaddressed. Using the same analogy, one can say that if a patient is suffering from fever or flu,
he does not require any surgical procedure or chemotherapy to cure them. In the same manner, our
government always jumps to extreme measures without addressing basic issues. Being affiliated with
the legal fraternity and having the opportunity to closely examine the cases of pilots (allegedly) holding
fake licenses, I am disheartened to see the stance taken by our government after the unfortunate air
crash. It is evident that our government is attempting to shift and divert the attention from the real
issues of maintenance, airworthiness of aircrafts and the shortcomings of the Civil Aviation Authority,
towards the pilots and making them a scapegoat. The statement made by Mr Sarwar on the floor of
Parliament has attracted media attention all over the world. Our government needs to realise that the
repercussions of such actions shall be devastating for our aviation industry.I call upon the minister of
aviation to conduct a thorough inquiry of all officers of CAA who are equally, if not to be blamed more in
the circumstances. One can also hope and pray that our government shall not carry out any further
adventurous ‘medical procedures’ without identifying the actual ‘illness’, under the garb of ‘saving lives’.