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Re: Name of PIA CEO Put on ECL

Post by Abbas Ali » Sat Apr 01, 2017 9:56 pm

According to Dunya News channel, leave of PIA CEO is deferred due to his name in ECL list due to ongoing FIA investigation of SriLankan Airlines Airbus A330-300 (4R-ALN) wet lease rate and disposal of PIA Airbus A310-300 (AP-BEQ).

Diplomatic channels are trying to revolve ECL issue.

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Post by Abbas Ali » Sat May 06, 2017 12:08 am

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According to DAWN News channel, former acting CEO PIA Bernd Hildenbrand has been allowed to leave Pakistan for thirty days. He'll travel to Frankfurt via Istanbul by Turkish Airlines from Karachi today.

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Post by Pakistan-1 » Sat May 06, 2017 10:17 am

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Re: Name of PIA CEO Put on ECL

Post by raihans » Sat May 06, 2017 6:31 pm

we, Pakistani nation have set an example so no foreigner will ever join PIA, let the corruption mafia nourish, great people to fly with :!:
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Post by Adnan Anwar » Sat May 06, 2017 8:27 pm

Regardless, I feel sad for Bernd Hildenbrand being used by our politicians as an escape goat. There is other side to the story just like Panamagate.
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Re: Name of PIA CEO Put on ECL

Post by Abbas Ali » Mon Jun 12, 2017 1:48 pm

According to news report on following link, one month leave of Bernd Hildenbrand has been completed but he neither has contacted the airline nor sought leave extension.

https://www.express.com.pk/epaper/PoPup ... e=20170612

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Re: Name of PIA CEO Put on ECL

Post by UEF » Tue Jun 13, 2017 12:00 pm

Amazing - How easily issues are put on back burners and now the great judicial system of this country will come into effect and ensure deferring the matter for years.
Its so easy for corrupt politicians to get to away with such huge blunders and kickbacks.

This swine league has become masters of White Collar crime and they do it so blatantly because they know that the people who understand this are not even remotely their voters. The people who bring them to power are the ones who give the vote for a plate of biryani or PULAO i should say

HARD but this is the ground reality of our country

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Re: Name of PIA CEO Put on ECL

Post by Abbas Ali » Tue Jun 13, 2017 12:11 pm

PIA’s German CEO ‘on the run’

June 13, 2017

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LAHORE -
Although one-time permission given to former PIA CEO German national Bernd Hildenbrand to fly home for thirty days expired on June 10, he did not return to Pakistan to face corruption charges.

Bernd’s name was placed on Exit Control List (ECL) for his alleged involvement in lease of A330 aircrafts for much-trumpeted start of Premium Service. Similar excessive payments have been made on lease of A320 aircrafts in use of PIA.

FIA sources have revealed that a PIA A310, which was airworthy and flew to Germany, was sold to a German company for Euro 45,000, although same aircraft was hired by company in Malta for 10 days at a cost of Euro 210,000 and its book value was estimated to be $3.1 million.

PIA Board of Directors headed by former chairman and Aviation secretary had given approval to the leasing agreement negotiated by a committee comprising CEO Bernd, Director of Corporate Planning, Director of Engineering, Director of Flight Operations and CFO for leasing of A330 from Sri Lankan Airlines at over $8,000 per hour although similar aircraft have been procured on lease by other private Pakistani registered airlines for approximately $4000 per hour.

It should be noted that every Pakistani registered airline under regulatory control of CAA Pakistan has to submit complete record of leasing contracts to the regulator for grant of permission to operate it for scheduled commercial airline operations. Both PIA and CAA Board of Directors were headed by Secretary of Aviation and there were many other members of board who were on governing board of both these state owned institutions. It can be safely assumed that Chairman of the CAA Board of Directors was aware of cost of leasing these aircrafts by private airlines.

PM’s Adviser on Aviation Sardar Mehtab Abbasi had given go-ahead to FIA to investigate in these massive corruption scams that have eroded PIA for ages. He has also issued instructions to give exemplary punishments to those PIA employees involved in financial and administrative indiscipline.

While numerous parliamentarians lost their seats for submitting fake educational degrees and also faced criminal charges, over 300 PIA regular and contractual employees continue to be on payrolls even after it has been established that their basic degrees submitted to employer were fake.

Former CEO Bernd was placed on ECL pending investigation by FIA for massive corruption and was barred from leaving the country. He was hired during tenure of Chairman Nasir Jaffer. In a surprise move the Ministry of Interior gave him special permission for 30 days on 4 May 2017 knowing well that as a German citizen once he leaves the country, other than through Red Warrants issued through Interpol, it would be difficult to ensure that he returns. Investigations into this probe seem to have been landed in cold storage as have numerous other investigations ordered in massive corruption in loss-making white elephants like PIA, PSM, CAA, etc.

An FIA official said investigations have been halted only for the reason that the main accused is not present in the country. On his arrival investigations would be started again, he said and added, “I am sure that he will be back since he was permitted to leave country after assurance of German Embassy sources”.

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Re: Name of PIA CEO Put on ECL

Post by TAILWIND » Tue Jun 13, 2017 1:37 pm

UEF wrote:
Tue Jun 13, 2017 12:00 pm
Amazing - How easily issues are put on back burners and now the great judicial system of this country will come into effect and ensure deferring the matter for years.
Its so easy for corrupt politicians to get to away with such huge blunders and kickbacks.

This swine league has become masters of White Collar crime and they do it so blatantly because they know that the people who understand this are not even remotely their voters. The people who bring them to power are the ones who give the vote for a plate of biryani or PULAO i should say

HARD but this is the ground reality of our country
Is it a political forum?????? Better we restrict to the theme

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Re: Name of PIA CEO Put on ECL

Post by furqan_haider » Tue Jun 13, 2017 2:27 pm

TAILWIND wrote:
Tue Jun 13, 2017 1:37 pm

Is it a political forum?????? Better we restrict to the theme
So it is not permitted to talk about corruption in aviation sector on an aviation forum? and above all Truth Hurts :)

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Re: Name of PIA CEO Put on ECL

Post by UEF » Tue Jun 13, 2017 2:39 pm

TAILWIND wrote:
Tue Jun 13, 2017 1:37 pm

Is it a political forum?????? Better we restrict to the theme
I think ECL is Exit Control List and exit control list is made by institutions controlled by politicians so the very nature of this thread is political. Till when will we shy away from the fact politics play a very important part in every government organisation. Do we not think that making the german CEO a scapegoat and letting go of the azeems , sharifs and the dars - The real culprits; is the root cause of majority of our ills. We got to call a spade a spade.
Unfortunately it is a ground reality that organisations in our country have been corrupted due to politicizing and we must discuss and create awareness on every forum. Thats my point of view
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Tue Jun 13, 2017 2:27 pm
So it is not permitted to talk about corruption in aviation sector on an aviation forum? and above all Truth Hurts :)
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Re: Name of PIA CEO Put on ECL

Post by Abbas Ali » Thu Jun 15, 2017 5:25 pm

According to news sources, PIA Chief Operating Officer and former acting Chief Executive Officer Bernd Hildenbrand has been sacked for failing to respond to a show cause notice issued to him for which was asked to appear personally on June 13. The notification for his dismissal from June 14 has been issued. No punishment/penalty/fine has been announced.

Mr. Hildenbrand is outside Pakistan since getting his name removed from ECL. He's accused of causing losses to PIA by selling/sending airline's Airbus A310-300 registration AP-BEQ to Germany without proper permission/procedure.

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Re: Name of PIA CEO Put on ECL

Post by Abbas Ali » Fri Jun 16, 2017 1:01 am

According to DAWN News channel:

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Bernd Hildenbrand, who was hired by PIA in violation of rules/regulations, has been dismissed without proceedings against him.

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Bernd Hildenbrand was suspended after inquiry report on the sale of PIA Airbus A310 aircraft.

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Bernd Hildenbrand two-year contract duration with PIA was from February 12, 2016, to February 11, 2018.

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Bernd Hildenbrand was appointed in PIA without fulfilling condition of security clearance requirement from Pakistan's sensitive agencies.

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On April 20, Nayyar Hayat was appointed acting CEO PIA in place of suspended Bernd Hildenbrand.

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Due to various cases/allegations including sale of the aircraft, name of Bernd Hildenbrand was added in ECL.

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Name of Bernd Hildenbrand was also included in FIA investigations.

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Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan had announced investigation of allegations against Bernd Hildenbrand.

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Under diplomatic pressure, Bernd Hildenbrand was allowed to leave Pakistan for one month to visit his home country Germany.

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Bernd Hildenbrand was due to return to Pakistan on June 10.

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The administration did not raise objections against permission given to Bernd Hildenbrand to leave Pakistan. Proceedings were initiated against him before his return to Pakistan.

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PIA administration had sought show cause notice reply from Bernd Hildenbrand within given time. Reply was sought on allegations leveled against him

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Bernd Hildenbrand dismissed in haste under pressure from an important personality from Aviation Division.

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