Passengers of Cancelled PIA Flight Set Baggage on Fire at Islamabad Airport

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Passengers of Cancelled PIA Flight Set Baggage on Fire at Islamabad Airport

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According to news sources, passengers of cancelled PIA flight to Gilgit protested and set baggage piece(s) on fire at Islamabad Airport. The fire was controlled and extinguished by airport authorities.

Passengers claim that Airports Security Force (ASF) personnel misbehaved with them.

Probably the cancelled flight is Islamabad to Gilgit PK-607. Flight PK-607 was scheduled to depart at 7:00 AM.

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The passenger who set his baggage piece(s) on fire is a member of Gilgit Baltistan Legislative Assembly.

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Gilgit Baltistan Tourism Minister Fida Hussain seen pushing a PIA Arrivals In-charge at Islamabad International Airport. The PIA employee appeared calm and polite.

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Two members of Gilgit Baltistan Legislative Assembly set their jackets/coats/sweaters on fire at Islamabad International Airport as a protest against cancellation of PIA flight to Gilgit.

The legislators also staged a sit-in at the airport demanding operation of the flight.

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Legal action should be taken and case should be filed against these lawmakers/ministers.

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These hoodlums are a law unto themselves! I would love to see them throw these tantrums overseas.
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Today, PIA operated a special/extra flight PK-8605 from Islamabad to Gilgit to carry passengers, including Gilgit-Baltistan ministers, who staged protest at Islamabad Airport yesterday over cancellation of their flight for three consecutive days.

PK-8605 departed from Islamabad at 10:25 AM.

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Re: Passengers of Cancelled PIA Flight Sets Baggage on Fire at Islamabad Airport

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Gilgit-Baltistan minister pushing a PIA Arrivals In-charge at Islamabad International Airport on November 15.

PIA has opted to forgive and forget the incident that happened at Islamabad International Airport on November 15 in which Gilgit-Baltistan ministers misbehaved with airline's employee over cancellation of their flight to Gilgit.

PIA has no plan to start proceedings against the two ministers, according to airline's spokesperson.

So far, no reports of any government authority or court taking notice of ministers' misbehavior with PIA employee.

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Re: Passengers of Cancelled PIA Flight Sets Baggage on Fire at Islamabad Airport

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Passenger sets luggage on fire to protest cancelled flight

11/16/2018

RAWALPINDI:
A passenger on Thursday set his luggage on fire in protest against his flight being cancelled at the Islamabad International Airport.

Gilgit-bound Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight PK-607 scheduled for 7:00 AM was first delayed due to technical reasons and cancelled later due to bad weather.

The passengers started chanting slogans against the airline and one of the passengers set fire to his luggage.

A Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) spokesperson told Dawn the fire was put out by CAA fire fighters.

A video of the passengers arguing with PIA staff and pushing a senior staffer was uploaded on social media. The protesters were told that a special flight will be operated for them on Friday.

A PIA spokesperson said CEO Air Marshal Arshad Malik talked to GB Law Minister Aurangzeb Khan, who was also going to travel on the flight, and told him that the flight had been cancelled due to bad weather.

Another GB minister was also accompanying him.

He said the passengers were moved to hotels for the night and assured that a special flight will be operated for them on Friday.

`No airline can risk flying a passenger plane in bad weather,` he said.

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According to Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) government spokesperson, firstly it was PIA staff that misbehaved with the ministers and lied to them which infuriated the ministers. The government spokesperson says that it apologizes for feelings of anyone hurt by the attitude of the ministers.

So far, no statement from Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) spokesperson. CAA should have given its point of view on the incident of fire started by Gilgit-Baltistan ministers in the terminal building of Islamabad International Airport which is managed by CAA.

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Re: Passengers of Cancelled PIA Flight Sets Baggage on Fire at Islamabad Airport

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Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar has taken suo motu notice of the incident in which Gilgit Baltistan Tourism Minister Fida Hussain misbehaved with a PIA employee at Islamabad International Airport on November 15.

The minister has been asked to appear before the Supreme Court of Pakistan at its registry in Lahore on November 17. The PIA employee/airport in-charge - Islamabad also has been asked to appear in the court.

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SUPREME COURT OF PAKISTAN

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Hon’ble Chief Justice of Pakistan Mr. Justice Mian Saqib Nisar has taken notice of incident of alleged misbehaving of Mr. Fida Hussain, Minister Tourism GB with Arrival Incharge at entrance of Islamabad International Airport. As per media reports, the incident took place over a Flight delay due to bad weather and the minister pushed the Arrival Incharge so hard that he stumbled.

Taking notice of the issue Hon’ble Chief Justice of Pakistan has issued notice both the parties to appear in the court at Supreme Court Branch Registry Lahore for tomorrow 17.11.2018.
Source: supremecourt.gov.pk

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The Supreme Court should also take notice of fire started by Gilgit-Baltistan minister(s) in terminal building of the airport.

Airports Security Force (ASF) should be asked what it was doing.

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Apparently after notice taken by the Chief Justice, Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Minister Hafiz Hafeezur Rehman has condemned the behavior exhibited by his government's minister Fida Hussain Khan at Islamabad Airport. The Chief Minister has issued warning to Mr. Fida Hussain Khan and asked him to apologize for misbehaving with PIA employee. Humiliation of PIA employee by the minister is an intolerable incident, said the Chief Minister.

The Chief Minister also has directed Mr. Fida Hussain Khan to appear in investigation of the incident.

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A video clip shows the Gilgit-Baltistan Tourism Minister Fida Hussain Khan challenging Airports Security Force (ASF) personnel to arrest him after he misbehaved with PIA employee and started fire in terminal building of Islamabad International Airport on November 15. Apparently, no action was taken by ASF against the minister.

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Good that this hoodlum was arrested. He should be jailed and stripped of his ministership.

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Re: Passengers of Cancelled PIA Flight Sets Baggage on Fire at Islamabad Airport

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Leave aside the misbehavior by a Minster, the bigger crime is setting fire within the building.
Arson is no small thing so whatever punishment is given should fit the crime.