Pakistan, June 30 -- The European Union Aviation Safety (EASA) has suspended Pakistan International Airline's air operations permit for a period of six months, the national carrier's spokesperson Abdullah Hafeez Khan said on Tuesday.

The move follows the grounding of 262 pilots whose licences Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan termed "dubious".

"EASA has temporarily suspended PIA's authorisation to operate to the EU member states for a period of 6 months effective July 1, 2020, with the right to appeal against this decision," a PIA statement said.

The PIA also added that it will temporarily discontinue all its flight operations to Europe. The decision was taken after Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan termed the licence of 262 pilo...