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PIA, Pakistan’s national airline, has dropped a third of its pilots because it has a fake license



Nearly 1 in 3 pilots in Pakistan have fake licenses, the flight minister said

Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) – Pakistan’s national carrier has blocked nearly a third of its pilots after a government investigation was revealed hundreds of it throughout the country have fake licenses and are not eligible to fly.

In a letter to the government on Friday, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) said 141 of its 450 pilots would not be “used for flight duty” because they had “suspicious licenses.”

The letter – sent by PIA General Manager Syed Qamar Maqbool – was distributed to CNN on Monday by company spokesman Abdullah Khan.

On Wednesday last week, Pakistani Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan said 262 pilots in the country “did not take their own exams” and had paid others to sit on their behalf.

“They have no experience flying,” he said.

Pakistan has 860 active pilots serving domestic airlines – including the PIA – as well as a number of foreign airlines, Khan said.

Khan said all the major airlines in Pakistan had been given a “list of names” of fake pilots, along with requests that “action” must be taken to “prevent them from flying.” So far, PIA is the only operator to take action.

Fatal accident

The results of the investigation were announced as part of a preliminary report on a plane crash that killed 97 people on May 22. A PIA flight from Lahore crashed in the southern city of Karachi, killing all but two passengers and crew on the plane.

Khan did not explain whether the two pilots on flight PK 8303 held fake licenses.

According to the report, the pilot was chatting about coronavirus and repeatedly ignored warnings from air traffic controllers before the plane crashed in a residential area near the airport.

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“Pilots are discussing corona during flights. They are not focused. They are talking about coronaviruses and how their families are affected,” Khan said, adding that the pilot was “too confident.”

According to Khan, the pilot was told three times by air traffic controllers that the plane was too high and they should not try to land, “but the captain did not heed these instructions.”

The pilot continued by trying to land – without lowering the landing gear.

“The plane touched the surface of the runway in its engine,” the report said. The engine scrubbed the runway, causing sparks and irreparable damage.

The pilot pulled the plane back into the air, but a faulty engine failed and caused the plane to crash, according to the report.

Sophia Saifi and CNN journalist Adeel Raja report from Islamabad. Sugam Pokharel from CNN reports from Atlanta. Nectar Gan contributed reporting from Hong Kong.

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Mother of autistic boy attacked by CR7 criticizes Portuguese again



Mother of autistic boy attacked by CR7 criticizes Portuguese again

The case of Cristiano Ronaldo’s aggression against an autistic fan continues to be heard in England. Sarah Kelly, mother of Jake Harding, has asked the English Football Federation to punish the Portuguese star.

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Sarah’s complaint comes after the league filed a complaint against a Manchester United player for aggression against Jake in the Manchester team’s match against Everton on April 9 last season in the Premier League. After an unsuccessful result, the Portuguese dropped a fan’s mobile phone on the way to the locker room.

According to Sarah, she and her son once again became victims of offenses in social networks after the announcement of the complaint against the attacker.

“People are following me, saying that I am rebelling again, but I didn’t know anything about it. The case should have been heard six months ago. My son talks every day about what happened to him. He still hasn’t returned his phone,” he said.

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Jake’s mother still asks how the player manages to sleep at night after what happened. “Let’s hope he finally gets the right punishment. He can’t keep getting away with it. Your behavior is unacceptable…” Sarah concluded.

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Marseille in California. ″Where the Portuguese is, there is Portugal″



Marseille in California.  ″Where the Portuguese is, there is Portugal″

“You are the future,” President Marcelo Rebelo de Souza told a three-year-old girl dressed in traditional Portuguese clothing who came out to greet him on the podium where he spoke at Artesia Portuguese Salon. The city, located on the outskirts of Los Angeles, has not hosted the President of the Portuguese Republic since 1989. This weekend, he did it with pomp and the setting of an ornate Portuguese-American community bursting with pride.

“We have never lost the honor and responsibility of being representatives of this beautiful flag,” said Jimmy Enes, a member of Artesia DES, a Portuguese descendant, in a welcoming speech delivered in perfect Portuguese. “When we are asked who we are, we always answer”i am portuguese“and not”Portuguese-American“or ‘Portuguese American’,” he said. “That’s why we’re trying step by step to protect our heritage on the outskirts of Los Angeles, one of the greatest cities in the world.”

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Cristiano Ronaldo is injured by the Portuguese national team and thanks the fans for their support



Cristiano Ronaldo is injured by the Portuguese national team and thanks the fans for their support

Cristiano Ronaldo got a cut on his nose and needed a bandage (Photo: MICHAL CIZEK / AFP)

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Gratitude. It seems that the attacker Cristiano Ronaldo shared his social media with Portuguese fans after a clash with Czech goalkeeper Vaclik. In the auction, the assailant received a cut on his face and needed a bandage to stop the bleeding.

“Great game, important team win! We remain focused on our goal. Thanks to the Portuguese public for the fantastic support,” the striker wrote on his Instagram account.

The match was marked by a great performance Portugal national team, who beat the Czech Republic 4-0 to take the lead in Nations League Group 2 with ten points with one matchday to go in the group stage of the tournament. Cristiano Ronaldo ended up losing to his team.

After the match, the leader of the Portuguese national team appreciated the result achieved on the road. “It was a very important victory and all teammates should be congratulated on the result,” commented the 37-year-old striker.

With three wins, one draw and one defeat, the Portuguese team has the best attack in their group with eleven goals scored and a net difference of nine. The team is one draw away from qualifying for the tournament series. The next match against Spain is next Tuesday in the city of Braga.

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