Gilgit-Baltistan Tourism Minister Fida Hussain also appeared before the apex court today.
“Are you the same minister who shoved and pushed the PIA official at the airport,” the CJP inquired.
The chief justice also sought the video from officials to see what had actually happened. He asked the minister: “Were you in the senses when you misbehaved with the airline officer?”
Fida Hussain conceded before the court that he had pushed the officer, but hastened to add, ‘there was a reason for it’.
“How did you intervene into the government affair,” Mr. Nisar asked the minister. Justice Ejazul Hasan, who was also part of the bench, referred to the minister, saying: “Is that how one reacts in case of a flight delay?”
On November 15, Gilgit-bound Pakistan International Airlines PIA flight PK-607 scheduled for 7am was first delayed due to technical reasons and cancelled later due to bad weather.
Videos of an angry passenger protesting against the delay went viral on social media that day. The passenger set fire to his possessions in protest over the delay, including his jacket. In another video of the same incident, reportedly the tourism minister, can be seen arguing with a white-uniformed official.