Near days after the tragic crash of PIA flight PK-661, , Azam Saigol announced his resignation from the post of chairman PIA , citing personal reasons. The news emerges as the company came under heavy pressure (political and social), following speculations that PIA does not adhere to globally specified aviation safety standards and procedures.
PIA spokesperson , Danyal Gilani, confirmed the chairman’s resignation on Monday. He added that Mr Saigol was working as chairman on pro-bono basis (not taking any salary or using official perks)
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Chairman PIA Mr. Azam Saigol has resigned due to personal reasons <a href=”https://t.co/pErebXskiF”>https://t.co/pErebXskiF</a></p>— Danyal Gilani (@Danyal_Gilani) <a href=”https://twitter.com/Danyal_Gilani/status/808366182885720064″>December 12, 2016</a></blockquote>
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Despite the chairman expressing personal reason for his resignation, speculations suggest that this move was a direct result after an ATR-42 (operating as PIA flight PK 661) crashed near Havelian areas of district Abbottabad, killing 47 passengers, including renowned singer turned cleric, Junaid Jamshed and his wife as well as DC Chitral along with his family and three foreigners.
It is important to mention that Mr. Saigol, speaking during a news conference a few hours after the crash, had asserted that the aircraft involved in the crash was deemed airworthy. However, many reports indicate information to the contrary.