LAHORE – The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) management has asked the Lahore station manager to start an inquiry against Deputy Station Manager Tariq Majeed for remaining absent from duty and managing his attendance through a daily wages worker to whom he had handed over his office card, sources in the airlines said on Wednesday.

Tariq, who used to visit the office off and on, had handed over his office card to daily wages worker Ghulam Jillani for managing his attendance for the past 11 months. Jillani used to mark Tariq’s attendance in the register and then insert his hand punch in the system. He repeated the same practice at the time of leaving the office and this had allegedly been going on for the past 11 months.

A PIA officer complained to the management and brought the matter to its notice. The management has assigned the inquiry to Station Manager Manzoor Junior. Sources claimed that the inquiry officer summoned Jillani and questioned him. The daily wages worker told the inquiry officer that Tariq had given him two office cards for marking the attendance. Jillani also handed over the two cards to the inquiry officer.

Jillani also submitted an affidavit to the inquiry officer that Tariq had given him two two cards and asked him to mark his attendance daily. Sources in the national flag carrier claimed that possession of two office cards was an offence in the PIA. They further said that Tariq had availed promotion five times within the past 16 years; while during the same period, his colleagues could avail only one or two promotions.