Islamabad: Fake degree cases; 6 legislature appear before ECP
ISLAMABAD: As reported by the Daily Times on Tuesday, six more lawmakers, in person or through their representatives, appeared before the Election Commission on Monday over the fake degree issue as the commission promised to complete initial hearing of verification of alleged fake degrees of the parliamentarians by October 25.
The EC had summoned 12 parliamentarians but only six appeared before a committee hearing their cases. Former MNA Hayatullah Khan Tareen, who was represented by Syed Waseem Sajjad, was asked to present his defence by 18th of this month. Tareen had resigned after his University of Sindh graduation degree was declared fake.
MPA Zulfiqar Ali, who’s degree had been declared fake, appeared in person and pleaded that his case was under trial in the Election Tribunal in Lahore. He said that he graduated in 1994 and claimed that the copy of his degree with the returning officer was not submitted by him. He provided a copy to the committee, which asked him to furnish copies of matriculation and intermediate certificates.
Sohail Manzoor Khan, MPA Sardar Mir Badshah Khan Qaisrani pleaded that the lawmaker had already resigned and a by-election had been conducted in his constituency. His graduation degree, which he obtained from the University of Sindh was declared fake. Khan informed the committee that a single bench had already decided the case, on which the committee asked him to bring copies of litigation on next hearing set for October 18.
Noorul Salam, MNA Nasir Ali Shah said that the MNA was abroad for treatment and unable to appear before the committee. MPA Shaukat Aziz Bhatti appeared in person and informed the committee that he had graduated from the Punjab University. The committee decided to ask controller examination of the university to provide relevant record on next hearing scheduled for October 25.
MPA Kishwar Kumar appeared in person and pleaded that his case was already under trial in the Peshawar High Court. The committee asked him to produce complete documents of the case within three days. Rustam Khan Padhiar advocate appeared on behalf of MPA Saima Aziz. He provided copies of her degrees that she had obtained from the Islamia University Bahawalpur. The committee fixed October 18 as next date for hearing.
Those who remained absent included Ghulam Dastagir Rajar (NA-235), Mir Ahmadan Khan Bugti (NA-265), Muhammad Safdar Gill (PP-274), Yar Muhammad (PB-31), Rizwan Naurez Gill (PP-34) and Haji Nasir Mehmood (PP-111). An EC officer said cases of absent members will be presented to the Election Commissioner.