The International Civil Aviation Organization on Friday asked senior Pakistani journalist Talat Hussain to remove fake news about ICAO that he shared on his Twitter account yesterday. ICAO is the United Nations specialized agency for ensuring safety in international air transport.
In a now deleted tweet, Hussain lashed out at Prime Minister Imran Khan over the ongoing no-fly imposed on Pakistani pilots by the international community after Ghulam Sarwar, a government minister, commented on the floor of the National Assembly that many Pakistani pilots have fake licenses.
Problems arose after the fall Pakistan International Airlines Flight PK8303 carrying 99 passengers on May 22 this year. In the accident that occurred in Karachi, most of the passengers and crew were killed. The accident was caused by pilot error.
Yesterday, Hussain had shared an unverified report posted by a Twitter user linked to ICAO who claimed the agency had advised Pakistan not to issue new pilot licenses. However, the ICAO said that they had not issued a statement like this.
The organization asked the journalists to contact their media relations department for accurate information. He added that Twitter users who previously tweeted unverified information had also deleted the tweet.
“Dear Mr. @ TalatHussain12, as you know, @ra noisechor has retracted this counter-factual tweet, and now for clarity’s sake we’d like to ask you to do the same. Our media relations service is always happy to answer any questions you may have, ”wrote ICAO on Twitter.
The International Civil Aviation Organization explains its stance on the Pilot Licensing scandal. It did not ASK Pakistan to suspend license issuance. RECOMMENDED suspension of license issuance and “immediate corrective action”. https://t.co/xygu3W3SFT
– Syed Talat Hussain (@ TalatHussain12) 26 September 2020
Now, the senior journalist shares the verified news on his Twitter account on Saturday. In a recent tweet, he said, “The International Civil Aviation Organization clarified its stance on the Pilot License scandal. It did not ASK Pakistan to suspend license issuance. RECOMMENDED suspension of license issuance and “immediate corrective action.”
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