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PIA: on a wing and a prayer

Updated Dec 19, 2016 10:00am


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A GOAT being offered as a sacrifice (sadqa) before the take-off of a PIA ATR-42 aircraft on Sunday.—INP
A GOAT being offered as a sacrifice (sadqa) before the take-off of a PIA ATR-42 aircraft on Sunday.—INP

RAWALPINDI: In an effort to seek divine intervention to keep a flight safe and secure, staff of the Pakistan International Airlines sacrificed a black goat for ‘sadqa’ near an ATR-42 aircraft after it was given clearance for take-off from the Benazir Bhutto International Airport on Sunday.

Later the plane left for Multan, making it the first ATR-42 aircraft to be pressed into service since the start of shakedown tests on all such aircraft in the wake of an air crash near Havelian on Dec 7.

According to a spokesman for the national flag carrier, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) had decided to ground the ATR-42 fleet until all its aircraft had been subjected to the shakedown tests and cleared for flight operations.

The grounding of the ATR fleet had badly affected the PIA’s flights to and from cities and towns like Gwadar, Turbat, Panjgur, Moenjodaro, Zhob, Bahawalpur, D.G. Khan, Chitral and Gilgit.

The people wishing to board flights in these cities and towns had been advised to check status of their flights from the PIA Call Centre, at 111-786-786, before leaving for the airports.

The process for carrying out the shakedown tests of the ATR aircraft is still continuing, according to a source.

The CAA staff and personnel of the PIA’s quality control department are taking part in the process under which each of the aircraft will be examined thoroughly.

According to the PIA spokesman, an aircraft will remain grounded until it is examined properly.

He said that after it was cleared for take-off, an ATR-42 aircraft (PK-681) left Islamabad for Multan at 6.40pm and returned to the capital on its scheduled time of 9.45pm.

Also on Sunday, the airline operated four flights of C-130 aircraft, obtained from the Pakistan Air Force, for Gilgit and Chitral from the Benazir Bhutto International airport.

Published in Dawn December 19th, 2016


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Human Dec 19, 2016 08:01am

Are you kidding me?? Even after that accident recently?

J Ahsan Dec 19, 2016 08:02am

Rest in peace science!

Zardari and Nawaz accomplishments.

Shah Dec 19, 2016 08:01am

A new low even for the hacks at PIA.

Ahsan Gul Dec 19, 2016 08:07am

Mind boggling stuff we people in Pakistan do makes us look stupid in the world. Instead of correcting the maintenance issues on ATR aircrafts they slaughtered a black goat.

Raja Islam Dec 19, 2016 08:06am

PIA should stop killing goats and focus on maintenance and repairs of their planes.

Jehan zeb Dec 19, 2016 08:11am

laughable stock. perform duties diligently and honestly following the standard operating procedure. You guys are consuming Rs 2b a month of taxpayers money.

Sriram Dec 19, 2016 08:14am

That's literally a good hack to keep the airplanes in the sky.

capt. Paul Simmons Dec 19, 2016 08:12am

If such illiterate and foolish people are responsible for PIA operation - life of passengers are always in danger. Instead of improving the quality of maintenance and corruptions within PIA they are enjoying mutton biriyani? Shame!

Syed Husain Dec 19, 2016 08:16am

PIA staff need to spend more time and attention in properly maintaining the planes before seeking "divine intervention to keep a flight safe".

citizen Dec 19, 2016 08:16am

Sophisticated technology, efficient maintenance only can save the airlines, not the poor goat. Will PIA kill a goat for each ATR take off? PIA becoming a laughing stock..

Nadeem Dec 19, 2016 08:17am

They should have sacrificed black sheep instead of goat.

Joe Dec 19, 2016 08:23am

PIA is full of black goats. They should sacrifice about 10,000 of them first!

Lcs Dec 19, 2016 08:22am

The poor goat had to die so PIA can feel better about itself. May one suggest investing in newer planes instead?

Razak Abdul Dec 19, 2016 08:24am

When there is no light of knowledge and expertise - deep superstitions are only hope for passengers safety.

Lohpurush Dec 19, 2016 08:26am

Poor animal pays for maintenance folly.

TKhan Dec 19, 2016 08:27am

A Black Goat, Hmm. They sacrificed one of them?

Zeeshan Dec 19, 2016 08:28am

PIA needs to come out of illusions and goat sacrifices. Need to take care of its planes and its customers and arrive in the 21st century.

Iztraab Dec 19, 2016 08:30am

Leave everything on god.

MIR Farooq chitral Dec 19, 2016 08:33am

In which century PIA is living? 800 A.D era? Saving corrupts and killing goats?

wellwisher Dec 19, 2016 08:39am

snuffing out a life, to save lives.

Jawaid kamal Dec 19, 2016 08:37am

What an utter nonsense.God save us.what was the fault of poor goat.

Desi Bhai Dec 19, 2016 08:39am

This is too funny. Thanks Dawn for a good laugh.

Chenko Dec 19, 2016 08:39am

@Nadeem smart

Ali (CA) Dec 19, 2016 08:40am

Who are the meat? My tax money, ah. Please privatize but at good price.

Bystander Dec 19, 2016 08:42am

@J Ahsan science guy! There is nothing in such holy sacrificing things contrary to your science. If they sacrificed a goat that doesn't mean they can skip their maintenance and monitoring duties.

AZ Dec 19, 2016 08:45am

'Sacrifice' some money on maintenance.

Hakim Afghan Dec 19, 2016 08:48am

Stupidity to the Maximum!!!

Guest Dec 19, 2016 08:51am

Yes.. as if the tourists weren't scared enough already.

asad_TX Dec 19, 2016 08:53am

Incredible! Do they plan on sacrifising a goat before every ATR flight? If PIA does proper maintenance of their fleet they can save some money on the goats! I had a friend in school who seldom studied but the night before the exam he would spend all night praying in the masjid asking for some sort of a divine intervention. Well, as you guessed it, that divine intervention never came!

Rao Amjad Ali Dec 19, 2016 08:53am

Flying on a wing, a prayer, and a dead black goat - welcome to the information age!

shuaib Dec 19, 2016 08:54am

That's fine but trust in Engineering rather than Sadqa what the world would think ? Does PIA blame fate than their faults in work? better your quality to avoid such drastic accidents

Yohoyohohohoho Dec 19, 2016 08:59am

Could someone please put it on YouTube and let it go viral.
It is the funniest thing ever.
So let the world have a good hearty laugh and know that Pakistanis do have a sense of great humor.

Unbiased Dec 19, 2016 08:57am

Poor black animal...Man makes mistakes and They have to Pay..

MSK Dec 19, 2016 09:00am

Giving sadqa is good but please do proper maintenance and complete checks before clearing an aircraft for takeoff.

Abdul Dec 19, 2016 09:01am

PIA needs divine intervention in every flight it operates. Propose to slaughter a black goat at the start of every flight!!!

Syed F. Hussaini Dec 19, 2016 08:59am

ATR manufacturers would definitely add this to the plane's operation and maintenance manual.

Alethia Dec 19, 2016 09:04am


I will never take PIA again...

anz Dec 19, 2016 09:07am

Auditor: What safety corrections have you made PIA? PIA: We sacrificed a goat.

Zak Dec 19, 2016 09:04am

Sacrifice is an age old practice and has scientific basis, but we lost the science behind it.

Syed F. Hussaini Dec 19, 2016 09:11am

Dead Goats To Fly With!

P. I. A.------------->

PopnRolla Dec 19, 2016 09:10am

Government airlines, is it? God save!!

Masood Hussain Dec 19, 2016 09:09am

Great Goats to fly with

Aftab Dec 19, 2016 09:11am

Seeing blood is auspicious in our republic..

ALif Dec 19, 2016 09:21am

Sacrifice the white elephant instead of the black goat

Muhammad Dec 19, 2016 09:18am

Perhaps PIA should introduce "goat sadqa tax" incorporated in the fare. This will raise the airfare but at least we will arrive our destination safe.

Iqbal Dec 19, 2016 09:19am

@J Ahsan Don't blame them. I believe the majority of passengers felt safer. So hold them responsible.

Bilal khan Dec 19, 2016 09:30am

Well you all voted for NAWAZ PMLN SHER AYA SHER AYA!

Hassan Dec 19, 2016 09:31am

Perfect scientific approach! The whole country is running on sadqa....

Shariq Dec 19, 2016 09:31am

We should collectively hang our head in shame. If this is the best PIA can do, God bless us all.

AKBAR Dec 19, 2016 09:33am

No accountability, no sense of duty, low literacy, zero common sense - ingredients of PIA

ghuncha gul khan Dec 19, 2016 09:34am

Former president Zardari sacrificed dozens of black goats. And he survived and prospered. I am beginning to believe in the power of black goat blood.

Black goat sale is booming.

Kabeela Khan Dec 19, 2016 09:34am

So it has come down to this!

Zubaida Khan Dec 19, 2016 09:35am

OK what was the fault of the goat?

Muhammad akbar hussain Dec 19, 2016 09:38am

Pakistan International Airlines - a national journey from aircrafts to witchcrafts.

Javed Dec 19, 2016 09:42am

PIA gives new meaning to 'on a Wing and a Prayer.'

Javed Dec 19, 2016 09:41am

PIA should do this before the departure of EVERY flight.

Jm Dec 19, 2016 09:43am

It must be very assuring to the travellers! :)

Basit Ali Dec 19, 2016 09:42am

As things go in our dear homeland, we should put faith in the 'sacrifice' of a few more black goats: one for the police system, one for judicial system, one for the highest office, one for WAPDA, one for railways, one for..... and a few more goats---lo and behold! All our problems will be solved by goats. We really don't need to invest in developing people skills such as the ones needed to keep planes flying safely!

ADD Dec 19, 2016 09:46am

So every time there is a takeoff, a poor goat is sacrificed.

Omar Dec 19, 2016 09:44am

Upgrade these planes to Q400 and revise all ur saftey precautions and procedures. Black goat isn't gonna help a Qtr falling from.a sky like a rock

khanm Dec 19, 2016 09:46am

@J Ahsan ...Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition.

Irfan ul Huq Dec 19, 2016 09:50am

They need to sacrifice several black sheeps in the chain of command.

A Patriot Dec 19, 2016 09:50am

PIA you disgust me.

Erum Dec 19, 2016 09:54am

unbelievable.... jahalat has no limits.

chitrali Dec 19, 2016 09:52am

@Joe very true.....

Shuaib Dec 19, 2016 09:56am

@anz hahahah comment of the week

AHA Dec 19, 2016 09:55am

If this technique works,it is excellent, we can save billions of money on maintenance and process compliance. Also we should patent this procedure and offer it on consultancy basis to other airlines.

T.M.Wazir Dec 19, 2016 09:54am

Sadqa of PIA chairman would have made better sense.

Khalid Niaz Dec 19, 2016 09:54am

This is the real reason of decline of PIA where professionalism has taken over by superstition.

Asad Khan Dec 19, 2016 09:55am

@Unbiased this shows the difference between the civilized and the ignorant.

Syed F. Hussaini Dec 19, 2016 09:59am

@Zubaida Khan

It was a goat.

It is not very advantageous to be a goat.

Don't we all remember our favorite The Wolf and the Lamb story?

Athics Dec 19, 2016 09:59am

What gory picture! Do you have to show this?

Asad Khan Dec 19, 2016 09:58am

Next thing you know PIA will issue an order to round up all the black cats, just in case a black cat crossed the path of one of its flight.

NKAli Dec 19, 2016 09:59am

"Harkat mein Barkat," is what PIA lacks. Wash PIA of all 'glory hunters' and get down to working, faith in God and see the change. And why a black goat on the tarmac? Salams

Asad Khan Dec 19, 2016 10:00am

@Zak Scientific basis ? Really ?

PakParinda Dec 19, 2016 10:01am

OMG, they are making a laughingstock out of us here abroad.

El Cid Dec 19, 2016 10:02am

When PIA was one of the best airlines in the World the pilot always said a prayer on it address system. The flight was always safe and successful. Fighter pilots of PAF do it even to day.

Khan Dec 19, 2016 10:09am

This is little too much, unbelievable!!!

Joe Dec 19, 2016 10:07am

How can this slaughter of an animal at run way is allowed.? Are we living in civilized society?

jalaluddin s. husssain Dec 19, 2016 10:10am

Laugh out loud. It looks stupid and boggles mind! For that matter, why black goat, why not camel which is supposed to be "Ship of the Desert"?

Joe Dec 19, 2016 10:11am

@Zak Could you please let us know scientific reason behind goat sacrifice you claim ? Which ERA are we living in?

Pindi boy Dec 19, 2016 10:11am

another innocent life lost

D SHAHA Dec 19, 2016 10:16am

@Zak " sacrifice has scientific basis ..."

Refer to Revised Edition of the Science Book. It must be outdated edition which you are holding

Jay Dec 19, 2016 10:24am

Does something like this, happen in 2016? Medieval and barbaric. Poor goat May God bless its poor soul.

Waheed Dec 19, 2016 10:25am

PIA needs to Sacrifice mean Crocodiles in its system rather than innocent goats.

Alba Dec 19, 2016 10:29am

Now the PTI has gone completely insane. How could anyone want them to run the government?

Hayat Dec 19, 2016 10:28am

Hmm. Good business idea. Let's start farming goats.

Nelly Dec 19, 2016 10:31am

When people of a nation become sheep it shall always be ruled by wolves.

Princess_of_DHUMP Dec 19, 2016 10:31am

PIA should sacrifice 'black sheep' instead of goats!

javeed Dec 19, 2016 10:34am

This is why we will never compete with the world powers, we put the worst aircraft on operation n ask for divine help but they put their best aircraft on operation n then ask for divine help.

DSK Dec 19, 2016 10:36am

Speechless !!! If only maintenance issues can be solved like this.

QWERTY Dec 19, 2016 10:37am

Awful... how inhuman.

BalaK Dec 19, 2016 10:41am

What is the fault of that poor goat on the negligence of those responsible to maintain the aircraft. It the sacrifice correct the problem, better to remove all maintenance staff and sacrifice goat on each trip !!!!!!!.

Mohajir Dec 19, 2016 10:44am

Why to kill an innocent animal for your blindfaith ?.

Following, international safety standards will secure the aircraft and it's passengers and not by sacrificing poor animals.

Mohajir Dec 19, 2016 10:43am

So before every flight PIA will sacrifice a goat and hope that flight will return back safely ?. Is this how you run international flights ?

Younas Dec 19, 2016 10:48am

PIA should rather focus on their Airworthiness Section and make sure that all PIA aircraft are Airworthy to fly. I just wonder if there is any QA?

Philosopher(from japan) Dec 19, 2016 10:50am

It'll be difficult for PIA to give goat sacrifice before each n every flight.

aks Dec 19, 2016 10:56am

Why kill the poor goat? This uncivilised behaviour should end.

Simba Dec 19, 2016 10:57am

By spilling the blood of an innocent animal, if PIA officials feel they can secure the safety of the aircraft - it is not laughable but downright pathetic. How can the woeful wails and cries of the slaughtered animal bring good luck?

Manoj Dec 19, 2016 10:55am

I can't stop myself laughing ..super superstion

Khalistan, east punjab Dec 19, 2016 10:59am

Take concrete action!

Farhan khan Dec 19, 2016 11:05am

Pia should file a patient for this brilliant technology.

DSK Dec 19, 2016 11:05am

@Zak , you are awesome, Pakistan is lucky to have such people :D

Lost cause Dec 19, 2016 11:11am

This is the respect for life for them.

AW Dec 19, 2016 11:14am

We continue to regress towards the stone age - Very sad.

saleem Dec 19, 2016 11:15am

Is they doing any investigation? they are interested to find the cause ? or just will do sadqa for every flight? I saw Air Crush Investigation on ATR plane in YouTube on different crushes, if they do, they will do the same way, find the cause whether it was weather, mechanical problem or pilot error.

Adnan Dec 19, 2016 11:21am

Science in a society sets you free. When muslims left progress reading and science. Hence the devils works invaded them and started down-fall.

this is ridiculous.

Maryam Dec 19, 2016 11:22am

When you are relying on chance and probability of any technical issue/fault occurring in plane during flight, such sacrifices can come in handy to turn luck in favor of passengers.

SULAIMAN DHANANI Dec 19, 2016 11:24am

Is this a ritual or a joke!!!!!!!


Please focus on the core issue with commitment and competency to overcome self negligence.

Zealot Dec 19, 2016 11:31am

My condolences with loss of life of Poor innocent mammal!!!

ART KP Dec 19, 2016 11:34am

PIA has reached new heights of ignorance.

Imran khan Dec 19, 2016 11:39am

Idiotic and illiterate mentality. heights of brutality ! Shame !

Junaid Dec 19, 2016 12:07pm

A crude attempt to deceive people to cover up incompetence and corruption!

Sal Dec 19, 2016 12:09pm

Are they out of their mind? Goat next to the plane at the airport. No wonder western nations think why these people believe Pakistan is beyond repair. They could have done the same thing at the slaughterhouse.

A. Chaudhry Dec 19, 2016 12:11pm

It is sad that PIA has such managers who believe in this kind of Hokas Pokas instead of doing their job of properly maintaining aircrafts. Such acts has made Pakistan a laughing stock of world and then PIA expect people to use their service. Anyway, I may suggest another money saving method, why waste needless resources on aircraft maintainence instead PIA should have a Peer-in-residence at each airport who will say Daum and hang head of dead black goat in front of each plane before its departure. Hey, it worked for Pakistan's last President.

Irfan Dec 19, 2016 12:11pm

Instead of maintenance they rely on sacrificing. What type image they are given to the World.

Farooq Jawed Dec 19, 2016 12:22pm

PIA must not forget that "it's bad luck to be superstitious".

democrat Dec 19, 2016 12:30pm

What about sacrificing "black sheep" next time if the things still don't improve.

Ranjit Haripur Dec 19, 2016 12:30pm

yup kill a goat too, just for the plane to fly.

Zaman Dec 19, 2016 12:33pm

Is PIA a professional organization or operating in medieval times. No amount of goats can save you from accidents if you do not invest in modernization and professionalism. You have to update the fleet, have the best aircrafts , train the staff with modern technology and provide the most proficient service. It defies logic that obsolete propellor driven aircraft were flying over mountainous terrain with no recourse to emergency back up. Apparently the engine thrust and propellor function were suspect. I would recommend a trip for the PIA management who were so emphatic about the ATR safety , to take a round trip flight to Chitral, Skardu or Gilgit on these death traps alongwith their families. They are totally bereft of a conscience . They are criminally liable for these innocent deaths . No amount of voodoo Magic or sacrifice of innocent goats can improve PIA. These clowns should also be held responsible for cruelty against animals. I thought this was somebody's perverse sense of humor till I saw the gory picture of the poor goat.

Masoud Dec 19, 2016 12:31pm

Black goat sacrifice and then corruption, what a way to please devine.

Texan Dec 19, 2016 12:32pm

Everyone flying PIA is like this poor goat. Sell this airline to a private and competent party so poor goats can be saved.

A ShAh Dec 19, 2016 12:41pm

Other countries do checks and latest equipment and we sacrifice goats?

Sohan Dec 19, 2016 12:43pm

When passenger's safety is burshed off by sacrificing a goat, no one will fly with PIA. So there lies the answer why PIA making so much losses.

Nitin Dec 19, 2016 12:47pm

@Zak sacrifice this thinking will help you perhaps.

Imran Dec 19, 2016 12:51pm

At last PIA has done something sensible

Zealot Dec 19, 2016 12:55pm

Only poor Innocent Mammal lost his life for some fraudulant,ignoble and humiliated people

Timeto stopthis Dec 19, 2016 12:58pm

@El Cid Prayers can never be a substitute for a strong maintenance program. God only helps those who help themselves.

Satya Dec 19, 2016 12:59pm

They did it on the runway? They are allowed to do that? Wow. Disgusting..Its shame..

Zak from panama Dec 19, 2016 01:25pm

You may not agree with them or may find the act abhorrent. But just appreciate their intentions and wishes.

Sacrifice doesn't mean they are devoid of the other essentials like good maintenance and airworthiness of the aircraft.

true indian Dec 19, 2016 01:26pm

This was done as per Islamic culture and believes. No one should question it.

rama Dec 19, 2016 01:32pm


Great, let implement age old aircraft science solution for the accident !!!!!

ALI KHAN Dec 19, 2016 01:30pm

Rituals are important ... whether or not they have any scientific bearing is irrelevant. PIA is trying to fix the physiological stigma that would henceforth be attached with ATR planes ... there is no other way to do that. The people criticizing this are cut-off from the beliefs and norms of the country.

That said of-course PIA should also focus on proper maintenance of the planes.

Bharat Jha Dec 19, 2016 01:36pm

It's just beliefs which take you out from negativity.Every country does that and I don't see any harm in it.Yes we must not forget our responsibility of throughly checking and maintaining aircraft but small gesture like this give sense of confidence to people at lower grade in our PIA

Mohajir Dec 19, 2016 01:36pm

This has gone viral. Entire world is laughing at Pakistan today, check out any social media site.

Gulf princes are hunting our houbara bustard birds, PIA is making is making goat sacrifices what has happened to Pakistan ?.

kings way Dec 19, 2016 01:38pm

What crime did goat do to undergo this life sacrifice?

Javed Arshad Dec 19, 2016 01:44pm

Where is CAA? How was that allowed even on the tarmac?? I believe in Sadqa but that does not mean sacrificing animal only, and then so blatantly defying all the rules and regulations.

kings way Dec 19, 2016 01:41pm

Goat life is also precious like yours. Imagine goat giving you as sacrifice to protect goats lives.

Atul Dec 19, 2016 01:46pm

That's why Pakistan makes fun of themselves.

amit Dec 19, 2016 01:54pm

Human Sacrifice is more effective.

Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Dec 19, 2016 02:10pm

Good decision by PIA. Instead of being shy or hesitant, one must be proud of his or her national and cultural values, religious traditions, norms, precedents, history and attributes.

Leo Dec 19, 2016 02:17pm

Wow! what a way to ensure good maintenance. Well done!

Khalid Yousafzai (UK) Dec 19, 2016 02:24pm

height of ignorance....

Chirag Patel Dec 19, 2016 02:25pm

what's wrong with these people?


Human first Dec 19, 2016 02:32pm

@Leo lot of maintanence cost can be saved this way. Great initative by PIA .Hope no passenger questioned the official on what they are doing and for what.

Comment Dec 19, 2016 02:39pm

Pakistan is stereotyping Asians like English movies used to show us

Zalmay Dec 19, 2016 02:43pm

I'm afraid lest PIA makes it a policy before every flight & charge the additional amount of purchasing goats from passengers. But hey on a lighter note they can serve up mutton to passengers too. Atleast the menue would improve.

M. Malik Dec 19, 2016 02:43pm

@Comment - Actually, I think this must be the standard practice of all Pakistanis, who regularly travel on PIA, to sacrifice a goat in front of their house, before heading to Heathrow to fly to Pakistan. They do that in England I'm sure.

Truth Dec 19, 2016 02:49pm

C-130 aircraft from Pakistani Airforce?? Most of these are used to fly troops or military equiment without proper passenger seats or safety or onboard facilities. They might as well fill the cargo bay with cattle and crates. No seat belts or inflight service required.

Sohail Wazir Dec 19, 2016 03:06pm

It is a good way to start any work /job / or business. We believe in Islam in its teaching.

Zakir naik Dec 19, 2016 03:09pm

@Sohail Wazir Excuse me ,i don't see any start just failure.Human behavior always look for someone to blame.

Etna Dec 19, 2016 03:28pm

It is indeed disgusting.

kings way Dec 19, 2016 03:36pm

@Sohail Wazir , There are people like you in PIA.That is the problem.

Amer RAO Dec 19, 2016 03:43pm

Now there will be shortage of black goats? PIA please remember black goats for ATRs only and Black Bulls for 777 or Jumbo Jets.

Kishore Dec 19, 2016 03:48pm

Look at the dressing and body language of PIA staff ? Is this an airport

Naveed Dec 19, 2016 03:56pm

Flight delays will become routine, as each flight waits for a Black Goat to be delivered to the airport before the plane is allowed to fly!

This is called 'solution' to all the PIA problems!? How about sacrificing at least 10,000 employees who actually do no work, but collect salaries because of their political base and loyalties? That is a huge fixed cost that PIA could cut by millions in an instant!

Dr.Shamir Baloch Dec 19, 2016 04:15pm

We'll come to stone stage.How a deep superstitious society we have become with in last three decades.A society who do not think on scientific line but on ignorance.

Fareed N Dec 19, 2016 04:13pm

It can't be true , if it is , hope it goes viral on Face Book and other social media. Divine intervention, a black goat saviour of national carrier.

NoNy Dec 19, 2016 04:18pm

In order to save humans from dying in plane crash, PIA came up with this solution of killing an animal! what about safety ? maintenance? control on corruption? No shame!

ABE Dec 19, 2016 04:27pm

You can sacrifice all the goats in Pakistan if you like. But I guarantee you it will take a lot more than divine intervention to save PIA from the inevitable doom, if God forbid, one single American becomes a casualty in one such unfortunate incident, as the ATR crash last week.

Beyond the IATA and Warsaw Pact limit to compensation, he/she will most likely win a very hefty judgement against PIA in a US court - for sheer negligence and lack of safety standards, which PIA will not be able to pay. That will be the end of PIA as we know it. Americans are the most likely to sue for any such mishaps.

Khan Dec 19, 2016 04:29pm

@Naveed Good analysis, intersting

Ajay ladkani Dec 19, 2016 04:32pm

So PIA planes will keep on flying in the sky with divine intervention not because of technical upgradae. Rediculous.

Majid Dec 19, 2016 04:40pm

@Bystander Their job is to do the work ... world airlines does not run by sacrificing black goat ....

Sami Dec 19, 2016 04:47pm

PIA could have given 'sadqa' in the form of cash to needy.

alien Dec 19, 2016 05:02pm

Sacrificing a goat or looking for scapegoat in recent PIA disaster .. PIA's biggest problem is its assets and pakistani nation biggest problems are NS and Zardari..

Fareed Dec 19, 2016 05:04pm

This act is beyond stupidity but clearly reflects departmental attitude and mindset to problem solving. Instead of improving inspection procedures and taking corrective action, slaughter a goat for safe journey.

Vague Buster Dec 19, 2016 05:06pm

why not privatize PIA? oh I see, incompetent staff members who are PPP's voters too will lose the job.

Zakir naik Dec 19, 2016 05:09pm

@Vague Buster Nailed it bro

factor Dec 19, 2016 05:13pm

Height of Intelligence, epic!

Irfan_Sydney Dec 19, 2016 05:29pm

@Nadeem Well said. I enjoyed your response.

ashfaq hussain Dec 19, 2016 05:30pm

Great now with Sadqa all issues are taken care off; so, no need for any maintenance. Very efficient and low cost, wonder why other countries spend so much on safety.

Irfan-Sydney Dec 19, 2016 05:43pm

@Jawaid kamal you wrote "What is the fault of the poor goat ? "
Can't you see the goat is black.

Falcon1 Dec 19, 2016 06:05pm

Now PIA - if it survives - will create a new department which will be responsible for procurement and sacrificing goats for each flight. All the new hires will be political appointees, with cut-throat mentality and blood suckers!

There may even be a small shed at the airport to house goats, and at least one goat standing next to each PIA flight about to take off...Can you imagine the tarmac with all the goat blood!?

How backward are the people at PIA who came up with this stupid spectacle??

Masood Hussain Dec 19, 2016 06:35pm

Shows how whimsical our Nation have grown

factor Dec 19, 2016 06:59pm

Sacrifice of a goat to make flights safe... Now we know why PK-661 incident happened.

Yousuf Tareen Dec 19, 2016 07:05pm

How about checking the black box before killing innocent black animals!

S. Daniel Dec 19, 2016 07:14pm

It seems PIA staff is full of sick and foolish people.

kash Dec 19, 2016 07:36pm

The plane passed shakedown tests which were conducted by the French atr technicians. if the French say they are safe then they are safe. I suppose we will never know what really happened to pk661 but the plane was good in airworthiness.

Re: goat - fair enough sadqa is fine mayebe issue with it being on runway but I am still ok with it.

kash Dec 19, 2016 07:35pm

@Razak Abdul

They are new planes < 10 years

pier wasif Dec 19, 2016 07:39pm

long live PML-N rob the country of every single penny. the country will soon be on the street

Najjee Dec 19, 2016 07:48pm

That tells you a lot about state of affairs of PIA. People are moving back to dark ages.

Beleiver Dec 19, 2016 07:58pm


DIL DIL PAKISTAN, toronto, canada Dec 19, 2016 08:41pm

Way to run the country. No wonder we have become a joke for the rest of the world.

DIL DIL PAKISTAN, toronto, canada Dec 19, 2016 08:51pm

Another low for PIA and Pakistan. Asif Zardari used to sacrifice black goats at the President house, while in office. Now Nawaz Sharif has decided to follow that noble Zardari tradition. Keep going down, Pakistan.

zash Dec 19, 2016 09:08pm

whats wrong with a sacrificing that people are complaining about especially my neighbors yes PIA has to correct its wrong doing but a sadqa has equal importance as that of science

DIL DIL PAKISTAN, toronto, canada Dec 19, 2016 09:11pm

Another first for technology innovation in Pakistan. PIA, you made the whole nation proud today. Well done.

Zaman Dec 19, 2016 09:29pm

Enough said.

AJ Dec 19, 2016 09:44pm

@Joe The best comment could not agree more

Masood Dec 19, 2016 10:11pm

PIA is grossly negligent and does a poor job in overall maintenance and taking short cuts. This is a well known fact and an open secret of the state of affairs of PIA Sacrificing goats will achieve nothing! Only professionalism and highest standards in maintainence will improve the quality of service and minimize accidents in future !!

Robbing Hoods Dec 19, 2016 10:14pm

Poor Goat has to bear the burden of PIA executive's incompetence. LOL.

muhammad arif Dec 19, 2016 11:51pm

What about safety?

saber Dec 20, 2016 12:37am

Can't stop laughing...

Nasir J Khan Dec 20, 2016 12:37am

Someone please tell the higher ups that we are living in 21st century. The safe flights on any plane depands any thing but the sacrifice of a poor black goat. Pathetic!!

N H RANA Dec 20, 2016 12:46am

@Ahsan Gul : making fool of self in the whole world, it is the proper maintanace not SADQA does operate airlines.

sajed syed Dec 20, 2016 12:57am

@Zak , what is the scientific base?

Sami khan Dec 20, 2016 01:30am

@Nadeem Good one!

ak4pk Dec 20, 2016 02:31am

The goat didn't cause the plane crash, it was most probably a human that did. Track him down and give him whatever is due to him. In the meantime those illiterate stupid idiots who cut the goats throat, should be thrown out of PIA's employment. They are ot fit to work in the aviation industry.

Aamir Dec 20, 2016 02:37am

@Bystander are you saying that sacrificing a black goat will help??

Asif Dec 20, 2016 02:40am

@ Iztraab Old got is suffering from dementia. No hope for PIA!

Ash Dec 20, 2016 02:40am

Yet another reason and another message given to the entire world that Pakistan indeed is an uneducated and illetrate country. It's a shame to be called Pakistani. I'm simy shocked to see this height of ignorance and stupidity.

Nasir Dec 20, 2016 02:40am

Never knee goats could save humans? Well may be only in Pakistan.

Nasir Dec 20, 2016 03:02am

@Nadeem : Meaning Sharifs and Zardaris for sure.

jamil Dec 20, 2016 03:04am

Passenger should also allow to travel with Black Hen and black Goat. Hen for small turbulence and goat for ....

Aisha Dec 20, 2016 03:08am

Lol... goat lost his life... this is superstition at best.

Fareed N Dec 20, 2016 05:01am

Can't believe PIA 's bosses allowed this nonsense. Already Airline is the joke of the airline industry. A black goat's sacrifice is a good omen for the success of airline, utter lunacy.

jay tuli Dec 20, 2016 05:23am

How can taking an innocent life help PIA?

OSO Dec 20, 2016 05:30am

Superstitions still prevail in the subcontinent...

konigsberg Dec 20, 2016 05:43am

The poor goat pays the price for the ineptitude of the PIA.

Mubashir Munir Dec 20, 2016 06:54am

when pia is full of uncompetent staff they will do such acts but they should remember this act will not stop pia from a full fledge closure

saadia Dec 20, 2016 07:32am

first they killed humans and now its goat's turn

taha Dec 20, 2016 07:36am

Have mercy on your souls. poor goat.

Salman Dec 20, 2016 07:40am

Why don't people just travel on black goats instead, wouldn't that be safer ;)

Omar Dec 20, 2016 08:00am

Never traveling on PIA again!

sam Dec 20, 2016 08:21am

Stern action should be taken against those people who committed this foolish act. In this picture A person not even in a uniform holding a foot long sharp knife right in front of a PIA plane? this is a security breach by all standard, according to IATA laws only authorized people responsible of the security of the Airport are permitted to carry a official weapon issued to them by the concern authority.

Inqelab Zindabad Dec 20, 2016 08:56am

Rest in peace Science and Goat.

Ramesh Dec 20, 2016 09:01am

PIA should sacrifice all two-legged black sheep in the organization.

vipin Dec 20, 2016 09:01am

I havn't seen a foolishness like this... murdering an innocent soul... for your mistakes .... murderers

Mikee732 Dec 20, 2016 09:29am

Barbarians. Slitting a goat's throat so it has to endure max pain is unpardonable.

moksha Dec 20, 2016 09:31am

@Zak please enlighten us with the scientific basis

Abdul Malik Dec 20, 2016 10:19am

Stupidity of the highest order

Adeel Saleem Dec 20, 2016 10:37am

I have had one bad experience of travelling on PIA while coming back to Pakistan from KSA dammam couple of yrs back. The flight was delayed more then 4 hrs and when arrived we were without luggage. PIA staff promised us that it will arrived next day. Almost 80% passenger on same flight was like that. We kept looking for our luggage every other day or calling Airport as their staff have no courtesy to call and inform. Finally that arrived after 10days, fortunately a day before we had to fly back. From that day my family has strictly refrain me to buy PIA ticket ever even if they sell on half price. So much for national carrier. Now seeing this attitude of killing the goat (does not seems like Sadqa), a climax of unprofessional, I am happy my decision was right.

Maria Dec 20, 2016 11:29am

That it what happens when the once one of worlds leading airline is corrupted and "sold" as Nawaz's personal goods. Ridiculous!

BUDDY Dec 20, 2016 11:41am

Gosh, Glad they did not do it in flight !!

Mouli Dec 20, 2016 11:54am

Once in a lifetime visit to Airport for the poor goat.

Zulfi Dec 20, 2016 12:00pm

PIA is following Zardari's lead!

shekhar Dec 20, 2016 12:22pm

perhaps we will become human sometime...

naji Dec 20, 2016 12:24pm

What a low profile society.

Blurle Dec 20, 2016 12:37pm

PIA the trend setter. All organizations n state institution should follow suit. I would advise sacrificing cows for PSM, NAB, FBR and police so they can operate smoothly by getting rid of the evil haunting these institutions

jawad Dec 20, 2016 12:47pm

This will stop PIA planes from crashing, unbelieveable...PIA has gone to toilet along with staff!!!

grumpy Dec 20, 2016 12:53pm

instead of doing their work , keeping aeroplanes safe. killing an innocent goat . this is 21 century???

Rohin Dec 20, 2016 01:00pm

People with no heart. Poor animal. God give you same life..

pILLA Dec 20, 2016 01:12pm

@Blurle Better than that you or any human around you.

Gaurav Dubey Dec 20, 2016 01:14pm

This news saddened me a lot. How does killing an innocent animal will help PI. I think Pakistan needs a lot of introspection.

Notes Dec 20, 2016 01:17pm

They should carry black goats on each of their flights. In case of accident it gets automatically sacrificed.

pILLA Dec 20, 2016 01:16pm



Mian Dec 20, 2016 01:28pm

The spirit of the GOats sacrificed will lift it in the air and keep the aircraft flying !!!!!

AN observer Dec 20, 2016 02:04pm

Nothing new. That's how our country is run. Only prayers and visits to Makkah and Madina are the salvation for the country. That's what our PM has done inb his third time as PM.

Londonwala Dec 20, 2016 02:37pm

If this is not cruelty then what is??? Pakistan's new low. An accident imminent and will be curse of the poor goat.

Ijaz Dec 20, 2016 03:13pm

For this act alone, the chairman and CEO of PIA should be sacked.

Ghulam Sarwar Dec 20, 2016 03:29pm

Sadka is well and good but why do it on the Tarmac, so the world Press can make even fun of you? This was was a world class Airline at one poin, the correouption in the successive managements has destroyed to the point that forget about the foreigners, even pakistanis dont want to travel on it. I hope it gets completely privatised.

Maqood Dec 20, 2016 03:43pm

do work, do not wast people property and money.

Desi Dec 20, 2016 06:15pm

@Muhammad That will raise our fare.

faisal Dec 20, 2016 06:28pm

Love it Zinda abad Pakistan.

Logicaldude Dec 20, 2016 06:37pm

Is this gonna be standard operating procedure for all PIA flights (if it works). I should get into raising black goat business. Hope funds for this sacrifice aren't coming from the maintenance budget.

Asif A. Shah Dec 20, 2016 07:51pm

In Pakistan, it is hard to survive without appearing to embrace such irrational notions of " sadqa" as a an omen for good luck. However, by doing this PIA makes itself a laughing stock in the world. PIA should d o better than this.

Saleem Dec 20, 2016 08:01pm

This will not work and I'm not flying with PIA, PERIOD

indian Dec 20, 2016 08:17pm

This is stupidity beyond comprehension.

Ali Gohar Dec 20, 2016 09:02pm

PIA should enforce a new rule whereby, in order to ward off evil and bad luck, it should be made mandatory for every passenger on domestic flight to bring in goat and offer a "sadka" before boarding the plane. When it comes to Pakistani bureaucracy, stupidity knows no bounds.

Rabia Ahmed Dec 20, 2016 09:29pm

simply unbelievable. Such absolute idiocy!

nitin Dec 20, 2016 09:48pm

How is it a sacrifice? They seem to be happy about it. This is senseless killing of an innocent animal. Disgraceful.

The_Truth Dec 20, 2016 09:50pm

I don't think we need Aeroplane, we have the ability to fly the Boats by sacrificing a goat. Long live PIA.

B R Chawla Dec 20, 2016 10:42pm

No wonder innocent become escape goats in this country

jab Dec 20, 2016 11:02pm

i am speechless !!! RIP innocent goat...

Flying goat Dec 20, 2016 11:23pm

How about rebranding and changing the livery to a flying goat scheme. The tail of the plane will look really nice somewhat like Qatar airways. We can call it black sheep airways.

Ali Dec 20, 2016 11:26pm

sick people !!!!!!!

gknatarajan Dec 20, 2016 11:30pm

what a cruel act in public, by a govt. agency that too in air strip?

nomad Dec 21, 2016 12:18am

Say a prayer and eat mutton Biriyani before flying PIA. No need to be concerned about aircraft maintenance.

rehan Dec 21, 2016 01:07am

Now the goats spirit will guide and protect our planes

Ishaq Ahmed Dec 21, 2016 01:59am

Its this hyper religiousity that is keeping Pakistan from going forward; rather than what it is now (in reverse gear) (Zia era has not left; very much still in vogue!) Its the corrupt[tion so deeply inbedded in Pakistan; the greed for money which is the main cause for the en tire infra structure of Pakistan that is going for a nose dive; be it the Railways; the airlines; the "No Electricity" and for ages now; the Police; the very corrupt Government. We read the other day "Bangle Desh in most spheres doing better than our beloved Pakistan. We are bottom of most lists.

Asif Hayat Khan Dec 21, 2016 05:05am

I feel sad, being myself a regular passenger of ATR flights on Rahim Yar Khan route, I could not believe that PIA will stoop that low in professional excellence. While PIA , once a great organization, has been systematically looted and brought to this stage due to political interventions (out of merit and uncalled for overstaffing). This act done by PIA, and allowed by CAA on the air-strip is mockery of Sadqa as well as of those few ones left who are performing their professional duty diligently. ..... Even from a religious point of view ... why advertising the slaughter ? (even if the same was done with pure intention and seeking divine help) .... because we learnt that "Sadqa given by left hand should not even be known to the right hand" ....

Laloo Dec 21, 2016 05:37am

innocent blood..................almighty never expected these ....wrong faith in superstitious nonsense.

captain rescue. Dec 21, 2016 05:38am

This proves our technological superiority.

Dumbfounded Dec 21, 2016 06:45am

Ha, ha, ha. Logic dude, that's a good one!!

Imperial Ahmed Dec 21, 2016 06:53am

How does PIA justify fairs comparable to worthy international airlines while providing aub-par service is beyond me.

The tickets prices are so high and no leas tha n other airlines therefore it should be able to invest the profit to improve its fleet. But I think it is taking profit home instead of investing.

Amon Dec 21, 2016 09:18am

PIA Auditors make sure that the black goat is accounted for for its peoples property.Meaning who all had the goat for dinner. Does the color has a meaning?

lily Al Dec 21, 2016 11:50am

while everything else is happening, Govt. is "not" planning to privatize PIA to the biggest business tycoon, after all who needs to fund '18 election

Tarek Fathem Dec 21, 2016 12:18pm

PIA = A Great Airline to Fly with a Dead Black Goat!

imtiaz ali khan Dec 21, 2016 01:25pm

What is this gotta be joking with me.

SYED Dec 21, 2016 02:18pm

This picture and the whole act is in such a poor taste. Sends shivers down my spine.

Que Dec 21, 2016 05:11pm


khan in chandler Dec 21, 2016 10:16pm

Killing an innocent animal for the incompetency....Shame on you PIA. I will never travel again with you!

Faheem Dec 21, 2016 10:46pm

I don't trust PIA anymore after JJ Loss .even they sacrifice goat or sheep

LAHORI KID Dec 21, 2016 10:59pm

In the latest news from PIA, PIA will start allowing people to carry chicken and goats on board with their carry on

Johny Dec 21, 2016 11:34pm

Killing innocent goat will not help flight safety.

Yankee Cricket Fan Dec 21, 2016 11:33pm

Life of a poor animal wasted for nothing.

Sun Tzu Dec 22, 2016 01:46am

Put that picture in international magazines and see the sales of PIA tickets sky-rocket !! :-)

taha Dec 22, 2016 03:09am

if every senator is mandated to fly PIA once a month at no cost to him or how planes are serviced.

Syed Jafri Dec 22, 2016 06:16am

PIA logic: Steps: 1) Passengers seated and in seat belts. 2)Flight Attendants give instructions. 3) Kill goat. 4) Handout Refreshments. 5) Profit.

Syed Jafri Dec 22, 2016 06:18am

Nice! No longer need a degree in engineering, just a knife and a goat.

asim Dec 22, 2016 06:35am

I think CAA should make it mandatory for every PIA passenger to sacrifice a black lamb before getting on a PIA flight. Only divine help can keep passenger safe on a PIA flight

asim Dec 22, 2016 06:52am

PIA should sacrifice black sheeps among their cadre to survive.

Khalid Dec 22, 2016 10:35am

Only divine intervention can save this so called airline.

Ahmad Dec 22, 2016 11:56am

@J Ahsan well said