The aftermath of the fake flying licenses controversy continues as a special cabinet committee meeting is slated to be held on July 29. The meeting shall finalize a government plan to segregate the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) into regulatory and operational entities.
The cabinet meeting, headed by adviser to Prime Minister on Commerce and investment Razak Dawood, shall be discussing the breakup of the CAA into the Pakistan Civil Aviation Regulatory Authority and the Pakistan Airports Authority. The government’s plan is to attract private investment for corporatization of airports and outsourcing them. The decision comes as the verification of dubious licenses is almost complete. The government, sensing the importance of proper management, made the decision. One entity shall overlook regulatory functioning while the other shall develop and manage airports.
The July 29 meeting shall be the 5th of its nature, and a CAA board meeting is likely to follow. Reservations of threats to national security are present though, and the Ministry of Defense has suggested that only the commercial operations should be outsourced, while the security and flight operations should be manned by the state. All one can do is pray and hope that the plans shall aid the country.