‘Tell him to catch a bus’: Angry passengers throw ex-Pakistani minister out of plane after 2-hour wait (VIDEO)

‘Tell him to catch a bus’: Angry passengers throw ex-Pakistani minister out of plane after 2-hour wait (VIDEO)
The ex-Pakistani interior minister was prevented from boarding a plane by furious passengers after a two-hour flight delay. The video, which has gone viral, shows how they accuse the politician of holding the plane up.

Flight PK-370 was scheduled to take off from Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport for Islamabad at 19:00 local time (14:00 GMT) on Monday.

However, about 220 passengers were kept waiting for two hours. They vented their rage at Rehman Malik, former interior minister of Pakistan and Ramesh Kumar, Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) MNA, who were late for the flight.

The video on YouTube shows that the two leaders were booed and barred from boarding the flight. The passengers accused them of holding the plane up; they were later joined by the crew members.

"Malik sahab, you are not a minister any more. And even if you are, we don't care...,” shouted the passengers.

When the ex-interior minister approached along the jet bridge, people were heard saying, "Malik sahab, sorry. You should go back. You should apologize to these passengers.”

“Tell him to catch a bus," shouted one more passenger. "Is he god?" said another.

“You should be ashamed of yourself... 250 passengers have suffered because of you. It is your fault, sir," added other passengers.

A Pakistani policeman stands guard in front of the Jinnah International airport in Karachi (AFP Photo / Rizwan Tabassum)

People were heard grumbling "So-called VIPs" and "My foot VIPs."

"Close the gates and fly this plane to Islamabad. This should be recorded, Rehman Malik has been offloaded. We threw him out!" commented one more passenger.

After the two politicians were barred from the plane, the passengers started applauding.

"Sir, before you go back, you should apologize to these passengers!" one flight member said to Malik.

In the meantime, internet users praised the actions of the passengers.

“Proud to see people of Pakistan truly standing up against VIP status quo,” wrote user Awab Alvi.

“Congratulations [to] Karachites [for] bringing first ever true revolution in Pakistan in PIA flight yesterday at Karachi airport,” wrote another.

Malik served as the country’s interior minister from 2008 up to 2013.

After the video went viral on the internet, Malik took to Twitter to clarify the situation.

“I have a right to defend myself against the allegation. PK370 /1900hr was delayed [because of] tech reasons [and] was expected to leave at 2030. So no delay for me,” he wrote on Twitter.

Mashood Tajwar, spokesman for PIA (Pakistan International Airlines) told the Dawn, Pakistan's English-language newspaper, that the flight delay was due to a technical glitch and was not Malik’s fault.

“PIA does not promote VIP culture… but this flight was delayed an hour and 30 minutes due to a technical reason,” Tajwar said. “The delay had been conveyed to passengers via SMS. Some passengers who had given the contact details of their travel agent may not have been conveyed the message by their agents.”

Soon after the incident, PIA suspended the shift manager, Nadeem Abro, and terminal manager, Shehzad Ali, of flight PK- 370 for irresponsibility and delaying the arrival of Malik and Kumar, a private news channel reported.

The suspension was ordered by Shujaat Azeem, the prime minister’s adviser, who said that VIP culture should not be tolerated in governmental bodies.