The Supreme Court on Sunday temporarily barred the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) from replacing the Pakistan flag on the tails of its airplanes with an image of the Markhor — the country’s national animal.

While hearing a suo motu case regarding the airline’s performance, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar ordered PIA to halt the revamping of its aircraft until a report on the matter is submitted in the court.

“We have found out that you are planning to replace our national flag [on the tails of PIA aircraft] with the picture of an animal,” the chief justice said to the managing director of PIA, who was present in the court.

“Which animal are you planning to place on the tails of the planes?” the CJP asked, and was told that a picture of a Markhor, PIA’s new mascot and Pakistan’s national animal, will be placed on the national flag-carrier’s tail.

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