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Pakistan

FIA arrests former PIA MD Ijaz Haroon in illegal appointment case

  • Haroon and ex-director HR Hanif Pathan are allegedly involved in appointing Salim Sayani as deputy managing director of the national carrier in 2009
Updated 17 Oct 2020

(Karachi) The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Corporate Crime Circle has arrested the former managing director of Pakistan International Airlines Ijaz Haroon and ex-director of PIA human resource department Hanif Pathan in illegal appointment case, media reported on Saturday.

As per details, the FIA Corporate Crime Circle Karachi arrested Haroon and Pathan over their alleged involvement in ‘illegal appointment’ of Salim Sayani as deputy managing director (DMD) of the national carrier in 2009.

The FIA stated that both officials violated the regulations defined for recruitments.

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 over the expenses of PIA.

The arrests were made after an inquiry which traced grave violations of regulations for the appointment of deputy managing director of the national carrier as even no advertisement was published in any newspaper nor other candidates were invited to complete the process in accordance of PIA rules.

Moreover, the top officers had not acquired services of any consultancy firm for the recruitment.