Sunday, July 4, 2010

Officials blamed for clearing pilot

Thiruvananthapuram: The State police are likely to initiate disciplinary action against at least four airport Emigration Check Post (ECP) officials suspected to be responsible for the oversight which allowed an airline pilot of Pakistani origin to enter the country through the international airport here in May.

Khan Khalid Rasheed, 56, a resident of Karachi, had piloted the Etihad airliner which landed here from Abu Dhabi at around 3.50 a.m. on May 6. Mr. Rasheed is holder of Pakistani passport number BF 4109113 issued from Karachi on April 7, 2010 and valid till April 6, 2015.

Investigators said usually an airline informed the ECP if they had any foreign national (particularly Pakistanis, Bangladeshis or Afghans) among its crew members or on board. The law allowed Pakistani air travellers to enter the country only through New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai airports.

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