Date
25 September 2017
Former Pakistan interior minister Rehman Malik showed up late for a flight and was booted by irate passengers. Photo: BBC News
Former Pakistan interior minister Rehman Malik showed up late for a flight and was booted by irate passengers. Photo: BBC News

Pakistan high-flyers booted by irate passengers over delay

A former senior Pakistani official was prevented from boarding a flight by irate passengers who had waited two hours for him to show up, according to BBC News.

Former interior minister Rehman Malik and another official were forced to turn back by a group of angry passengers when they tried to board the plane.

It was not clear why they were so late, the report said.

Footage of the incident shows Malik being confronted by passengers shouting: “You should be ashamed of yourself”.

They demanded an apology while bemoaning the state of the nation.

“We’ve taken it for 68 years. Are we going to take it another 68?” one is heard saying.

The other politician, Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, a member of the ruling PML-N party, was also forced back by passengers.

The Pakistan International Airlines flight from Karachi to Islamabad took off without the two men.

Malik, who blamed the delay on PIA on his Twitter feed, appears to remonstrate but his comments are drowned out by the furious passengers.

Pakistanis are sharing the video on social networks and hailing the passengers who took action. The incident has reignited a debate on “VIP culture” in Pakistan.

PIA told the Dawn newspaper the flight had been delayed for 90 minutes due to a technical issue and said passengers had received text messages about the delay.

The airline added that it had suspended two employees for causing further “unnecessary delay”. It insisted that it does not promote “VIP culture”.

An aide to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that on top of the technical delay of 90 minutes, the aircraft had been held up for a further 25 minutes because Malik was late, according to French news agency AFP.

Video of the confrontation:

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x260xj5_rehman-malik-thrown-off-flight-by-passengers-keeping-it-delayed_fun

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