Balochistan minister disqualified for fake degree
ISLAMABAD: As reported by the Express Tribune on Wednesday, the Supreme Court of Pakistan on Tuesday disqualified Balochistan’s Minister for Labour and Manpower Maulvi Muhammad Sarwar from his assembly seat for holding unsatisfactory educational qualifications. A three-member bench, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, also ordered the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to hold a by-election in the unseated minister’s constituency, PB-15, within 15 days. A verification report by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) was submitted before the Chief Justice regarding Maulvi Sarwar’s degree, which stated that the minister’s educational qualification was unsatisfactory given that it is eligible only for teaching purposes, and not equivalent to a degree. However, the minister’s counsel, Qazi Anwer, insisted that his client, after studying in a madrassa, also cleared two more subject exams – and therefore his qualification is equivalent to a graduation degree. Later the Chief Justice disposed of the petition. Maulvi Muhammad Sarwar was elected from PB 15-Musakhail in the general elections of 2008.