PILAP had been persistently pushing the Civil Aviation Authority to separate the roles of regulator and service provider.
We had written to the Prime Ministers special assistant on aviation drawing attention to this very obvious conflict of interest, which was a direct result of the CAA wearing both hats.
PILAP had also been pursuing the CAA regarding improvement of the building codes which led to the terrible tragedy at Karachi airport in which 7 people died.
On March 20, 2015 the government unveiled the National Aviation Policy (2015). Prime Minister Nawaz launched the policy as part of the effort to revamp the aviation industry. Under the new policy, in order to ensure the effectiveness and oversight of aviation safety and security, it was announced that the regulatory and service provider functions had been made independent of each other in both Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA) and the Airports Security Force (ASF). An independent Safety Investigation Board (SIB) will now report to the Minister of Aviation to ensure that findings and safety recommendations of an investigation remain unbiased.
This breakthrough has transpired in part as a result PILAP’s determined advocacy efforts.