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Pakistan airline slammed on Twitter for sacrificing black goat before flying

A photograph of the slaughtering of the black goat as 'sadqa' by PIA officials was shared on Twitter and other platforms, and immediately went viral.

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi |
December 19, 2016 4:17:45 pm
pia-goat-pic-tweet_759_asimmusafzai-twitter Unfortunately, this is no laughing matter. (Source: asimmusafzai/Twitter)

Hoping for ‘divine intervention’ and protection from evil and mishaps, staff of Pakistan’s national carrier Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) sacrificed a black goat at the airport tarmac in Islamabad before an ATR-42 took off, a week after the planes were grounded following a crash that killed 47 people. PIA has been widely mocked for the incident on various social media platforms, with many expressing shock and outrage at the killing of an innocent animal.

“The officials sacrificed a goat yesterday as a gesture of gratitude as the ATR aircraft resumed flight operations,” a PIA official was quoted as saying by local media. The official, however, clarified that it was not a management-level decision.

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A photograph of the slaughtering of the black goat as ‘sadqa’ was shared on Twitter and other platforms, and immediately went viral, with Netizens mocking the carrier for its superstitious beliefs and archaic standards. Most commented on how it would serve the airlines better to invest in better security checks rather than sacrifice animals, hoping for good luck.

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“This is no joke: #Pakistan invents a new safety measure for its crashing air carrier #PIA,” tweeted user Asim Yousafzai. Another user Rahoon Rashid said, “(Black goats) don’t keep the planes up and flying, efficiency does”. Pakistan’s leading newspaper Dawn ran a front-page story on Monday (December 19) headlined “PIA: on a wing and a prayer”.

The sacrifice was done after a PIA turboprop plane built by European manufacturer ATR crashed into a mountain to the north of the country on December 7, bursting into flames and killing all the people on board. Tweeple have pointed out that if the officials really wanted to avoid the repetition of such an incident, then they should get better security measures in place, others took a dig at the superstitious beliefs.

Here’s what tweeple have been saying:




Sacrifice was thought of as a means to cleanse other sectors as well.


Some brought in cricket into the mix


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