Islamabad: Fake degree turns genuine
ISLAMABAD: According to the Dawn News on Friday, the BBA degree of a PML-N legislator, which had been declared fake by the Higher Education Commission (HEC), turned out to be genuine on Thursday.
The degree held by Shafiq Ahmad Gujjar, a member of the Punjab Assembly, had been declared invalid by the HEC, apparently on the basis of a report received from the Al Khair University.
Mr Gujjar was to appear on Thursday before a committee, headed by Election Commission official Mohammad Afzal Khan, tasked with supervising the process of verification of lawmakers’ degrees.
The controller examination of Al Khair University had been asked to bring the relevant record with him. During the hearing, the controller said Mr Gujjar’s degree was genuine. He explained that the degree had been declared invalid earlier because Mr Gujjar’s matriculation and FA certificates, available in the university’s record, were bogus. He told the committee that Mr Gujjar had provided fresh copies of original certificates and, therefore, there was no doubt about his degree now.
The controller’s statement angered the focal person of HEC, Rahim Bux Channa, who said it was inappropriate to declare the degree of an honourable lawmaker dubious without proper verification. He said it was because of such malpractices that a ban had been placed on admissions in Al Khair University last year.
Advocate Shaukatullah appeared before the committee on behalf of Gulistan Khan, a member of the Pakhtunkhwa Assembly. He said Mr Gulistan had already been penalised by the Election Tribunal and the apex court in the shape of his disqualification, adding that under Article 13 of the Constitution his client could not be penalised again.
Member of Punjab Assembly Shamaila Rana appeared in person and said the result card on record did not belong to her. She presented her original degree to substantiate her argument. Copies of her documents were obtained for re-verification by the university concerned.
MNA Molvi Agha Mohammad appeared before the committee along with federal Minister for Housing Rehmatullah Kakar, who acted as his counsel. Mr Kakar said the institution that had awarded degree to Molvi Agha was affiliated with Wafaqul Madaris.
He was told that the institution itself was not authorised to award a degree and asked to produce Molvi Agha’s graduation degree duly issued by Wafaqul Madaris. Mr Kakar said the document would be obtained and presented soon.
The lawyer appeared on behalf of MNA Syed Salman Mohsin was asked to produce relevant documents on Oct 25.
Waseem Afzal Gondal, a member of the Punjab Assembly, appeared in person and sought adjournment to file reply. The case was adjourned to a date in office. Advocate Tariq Mehmood Khokar appeared on behalf of federal Minister for Food Humayun Aziz Kurd. The committee asked him to submit his arguments within two days.
Gul Mohammad Shah, representing MNA Syed Javed Hussain Shah, informed the committee that an appeal regarding the legislator’s degree was pending in the Lahore High Court. He was asked to provide details of the case.
Member of Punjab Assembly Nasim Nasir Khawaja was represented by his brother who requested for copies of charges against the legislator and time for defence. Advocate Amir Saeed appeared on behalf of Majida Zaidi, a member of the Punjab Assembly, and made similar request. Their cases were adjourned to a date in office.
MNA Mazhar Hayat and members of the Punjab Assembly, Seemal Kamran and Farah Deeba, who did not turn up, were issued final notices for Oct 25.