PIA: London Authorities Detain Five PIA Crew Over Smuggling, Money Laundering

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  1. Blackwater

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    LONDON: United Kingdom's customs authority on Monday detained five Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) crewmembers from a London-Karachi flight on charges of smuggling and money laundering.

    According to DawnNews, PIA flight PK-788 from London to Karachi was delayed when London airport authorities searched the crew's luggage for almost two hours, after which seven crewmembers were taken into custody. Two crewmembers were later released.

    Sources said a large amount of currency and several insured mobile phones were recovered from the crew’s bags.

    Sources said the PIA aircraft flew to Karachi with a crew comprising only seven members, which is below the required number per international flight safety standards.

    According to DawnNews, those detained include Saadia Nabeel, Mohammad Ahmad, Owais Ahmed, Fareeha Mukhtar and Tauseef Ahmad, while Nadia Batool and Mohammad Zaman were released after questioning.

    When contacted, a PIA spokesperson said the border security force had stopped the crew for questioning, adding that they had not been detained. The spokesperson said five crew members were questioned more than others but later returned to Karachi on their flight.

    The spokesperson also dismissed reports of currency and cellphones being recovered from the crew.

    http://www.dawn.com/news/1186952/lo...five-pia-crew-over-smuggling-money-laundering
     
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    These bloody Pakistanis are making a mess everywhere. PIA must be banned for Europe again in my opinion

    There was another incident of Pakistani crew member smuggling passports and ID cards couple of months ago and now this nonsense.
     
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    @Blackwater you had reported a few months back that a Hotel in the UK had stopped giving rooms to PIA flight crew because they were reports of pilferage.
     
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