| GEO Pakistan|
| CAA Board Member charged with violating immigration rules|
| Updated at: 2111 PST, Thursday, April 29, 2010|
KARACHI: Allegations against Civil Aviation Authority Board Member Salim Ahmed Zaidi of boarding a London bound PIA flight without a ticket, boarding card and immigration formalities have proven correct.
Consequently, he was terminated while his friend Captain Hamid Gardezi was acquitted by the probe committee constituted by Ministry of Defence headed by Air Vice Marshall Syed Najam ul Asr.
A notification in this regard has been issued.
The incident happened on February 21, 2010 at PIA's flight PK-787 bound for London.
Pilot Hamid Gardezi, also serving as Principal Director Airport Services in Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) on deputation took his friend Syed Salim Zaidi.
Defying all rules and regulations, Gardezi stunned personnel of the FIA, immigration and the ASF that formalities will be completed later.
The flight than departed but soon was forced to land at Karachi airport again after a passenger Azam Khan got heart attack.
All the details of the incident were registered in PIA's logbook.
Captain Hamid declared himself as a close friend of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and Salim Zaidi called him as a friend of President Asif Zardari.