ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court placed a temporary ban on printing of Markhor logo on the tail of PIA planes instead of the National Flag.
In a move to revamp their look, PIA had earlier announced to print Markhor logos in place of national flag on their planes. A move which had been welcomed by people on social media, while some had reservations. The reason behind the revamp of the logo was highlight its commitment to the preservation of Pakistan’s national animal. The Supreme Court had taken a suo mottu notice of the case for replacing national flag with an animal.
In the case Chief Justice Pakistan, Mian Saqib Nisar, had summoned the MD of the country’s flagship carrier. The top judge commented we found you want to use picture of an animal instead of our national flag. He asked the MD of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), what animal’s picture are you planning to use?
To this the MD replied, its the picture of the national animal, Markhor. He told the reason behind it to the court, after which CJP asked him what was the cost of painting it per plane. To which the MD replied said that approximately Rs2.7 million is being spent on a plane. CJP Saqib Nisar corrected him and said that the amount being spent per plane is Rs3.4 million.
CJP then ordered MD to submit a report on who the job of putting the stickers was outsourced to.
CJP while on the case asked what was the niece of MD doing in PIA? The MD replied to the top judge’s question that none of his relatives work at PIA.