BY OUR CORRESPONDENT
GILGIT: Passengers in Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) will get a much-needed relief as flights between Gilgit and Skadu and vice versa will start from this month – thanks to a suo-moto notice taken by the chief judge of G-B’s apex court Justice Rana Muhammad Shamim.
As the proceeding were in progress on Thursday, court issued non-bailable warrants against deputy managing director of Shaheen Airway for not showing up in the court.
The decision was taken by full bench headed by chief judge, Justice Rana Muhammad Shamim. Justice Javed Iqbal and Justice Shehbaz Khan were in also the bench which heard the case about operation of flights between Gilgit and Skardu.
SAC, which is the apex court of G-B, also maintained that it could direct government to suspend Shaheen airways flights for an indefinite period if the deputy managing director Faisal Rafiq fails to appear in the next hearing fixed on Friday (today).
During the hearing, PIA representatives assured court it would operate flights to Skardu from March 28 and reservation of seats to this effect was in progress. They also said additional four flights between Islamabad-Skardu and Gilgit would also be started in compliance with court orders.
The representative of Civil aviation maintained that Pakistan state Oil should be provided land for fuel storage in Gilgit and Skardu.
Deputy attorney general Javed Akhtar, advocate general Sher Madad, deputy secretary aviation Farooq Hasan and Obaid Abbasi besides PIA sales manager Muhammad Raza were also present in court.
On Monday besides Chief judge Justice Rana Muhammad Shamim and other two judges of SAC, chief judge of G-B’s chief court justice Sahib Khan will fly by PIA to Skardu where they will hear cases for next three days.
The Thursday’s decision was a follow up of SAC’s last years decision in which the apex court had directed Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) and Civil Aviation Authority (ACC) to start flight between Gilgit and Skardu on urgent basis to facilitate passengers.
The court had also served show case notice on two private airlines -- Shaheen Air and Airblue -- for not appearing for the hearing of suo motu notice taken by the court over not operating flights between Islamabad and Gilgit-Baltistan.