Pakistan: DG CAA accused of Rs2 trillion corruption


Allegations of corruption of Rs2 trillion were levelled against DG Civil Aviation (CAA) Khaqan Murtaza and his team, Express News reported on Sunday.

The CAA Officers Employees Association penned a letter dated Feb 06 to Aviation Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique and secretary aviation, contending that Muratza was “not qualified” to hold office and expressing reservations that his team was likely to cause further harm to the country.

The letter alleges that over Rs1.3 trillion were lost due to the possession of airport land not being released.

It also states that fake licenses were issued for the national airline – the PIA and that additional damage was caused due the CAA’s failure to recover arrears of over Rs300 billion, while a loss of Rs10 billion was suffered by the airline in lease at Karachi Airport.

Furthermore, a loss of Rs400 billion has been incurred on the Rs450 billion property of Lahore Walton Airport.

The CAA Officers have also reportedly claimed that the clear instructions of the prime minister and his Cabinet were ignored in the case of Benazir Bhutto International Airport.

They further alleged that the DGCAA illegally registered two Land Cruisers and a Prado vehicle.

Due to the non-cooperation of the DGCAA, the letter claims that over 100 employees had to approach the court; adding that during his tenure, contractual positions were granted to his close friends and family members without taking other institutions into confidence about outsourcing.

Complaints were also made that the issue of pensioners was not taken seriously.

Requesting the matter to be taken up by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), the CAA employees have urged for an investigation to be opened against the DG and his team.

Meanwhile, DG Murataza has denied the allegations as “baseless” and “contrary to facts”.

He said that “a campaign” has been launched against him for pushing for “merit-based policies” and that “the officers making the allegations were involved in corrupt practices” themselves.

He also said that cases against the “corrupt officials” were currently under investigation by the FIA as he vowed to “continue to take action against corrupt officers”