PESHAWAR - Peshawar High Court Chief Justice Dost Muhammad Khan Wednesday suspended Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) director general for not complying with the court order and directed AirBlue administration to ensure payment to families of Islamabad crash victims within 20 days.

Hearing a petition regarding the crash of an Air Blue plane in Margla Hills on July 28, 2010, Peshawar High Court (PHC) chief justice expressed anguish over disobeying the court directions and suspended the CAA DG. He also issued contempt of court notices to the DG and defence secretary while a show-cause was issued to managing director of the airline.

Justice Dost Khan also directed for reinspecting all national airlines’ planes and their technical facilities on all the airports. He observed that two major air incident have occurred during the tenure of the incumbent defence minister that claimed lives of hundreds of people. “If the minister has any regard for the human life, he should resign from his post.”

The petitioner’s lawyer told the court that despite its directives, the victims were not provided compensation while the court order for constituting a board of international expert to assess the PIA services was also not implemented. CAA legal officer Ubedur Rahman and defence secretary’s counsel Atta Kundi told the court that a letter was sent to International Civil Aviation Organisation on March 16, 2012.

Justice Dost Khan remarked the letter was sent two months after the court order and the delay shows the non-seriousness of the PIA regional director. He questioned: “Why you people are playing with the lives of the people when your planes have been banned in the recent past?” He said that except for the plane of former President Ziaul Haq, which did not crash due to a technical mistake, most of later air incidents occurred due to the negligence of the defence ministry and CAA.

The chief justice also inquired about the owner of Bojah Airline a plane of which crashed on Friday in Rawalpindi, killing all 127 onboard. He was informed that the owner belonged to Karachi and remained on several high posts in PIA.

The justice remarked there was a time when GTS managers would reserve seats in their buses for high government officials and now those managers are the owners of hundred of air-conditioned coaches. Similar is the case of PIA which has been engulfed by the corrupt officers and now they are operating their own airlines, he added.

The chief justice observed how would the corrupt defend the incumbent democratic system and wondered as when these people would be fearful of God Almighty to whom they are all responsible. He also served show-cause to those who had issued license to Bojah Airline and suggested canceling its national and international operation. The court adjourned the hearing until May 30.