Islamabad: Politician surprises many with 2 bogus degrees
ISLAMABAD: According to the Dawn News on Tuesday, surprises never stop coming during the Election Commission`s proceedings on legislators` degrees.
On Monday, Ali Madad Jaddak, a member of the Balochistan assembly, who earlier claimed that he had obtained graduation degree from Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur, in 2004, said the degree did not belong to him. He submitted another degree, which also turned out to be fake. The second degree was purportedly issued by the same university.
Informed sources told Dawn that another lawmaker, Shamaila Rana, disowned the degree on record and submitted another degree, which she obtained in 2008 when the elections had already been held.
They said the degree of Punjab assembly member Shaukat Aziz Bhatti turned out to be fake.
According to Mr Bhatti`s official profile, he graduated in 1999, but the degree provided by him was issued in 1991 to somebody whose caste in his admission forms was written as Sheikh.
The photograph on the admission forms also makes it clear that it was not Shaukat Aziz Bhatti`s degree.
The sources said the second degree provided by Punjab assembly member Seemal Kamran had been sent to Shah Abdul Latif University for verification. She had refused to own her Punjab University`s degree available on record. This degree, too, was declared fake.
Mr Jaddak`s name was among the four lawmakers who will not be getting any more opportunity to defend themselves before the three-member committee of the Election Commission, which on Monday decided to forward their cases to the Chief Election Commissioner for action.
The other three whose cases were closed by the committee are National Assembly member Hayatullah Khan Tareen (NA-155), Punjab assembly member Sardar Mir Badshah Khan Qaisrani (PP-240) and Sindh assembly member Mukhesh Kumar.
Seemal Kamran appeared in person and pleaded her case. She informed the committee that she had changed her name in 2001 from Ansa Waheed to Seemal Kamran after her marriage by fulfilling all legal formalities. She presented all relevant documents, which will be sent for verification. Dec 6 was fixed as the next date for hearing.
Pitanbar Sewani appeared in person. Mr Shafiq, Controller of Examination, in BISE, Hyderabad, and the controller in the University of Sindh also appeared along with relevant record. Both the controllers informed the committee that the certificates and degree were issued to a person named Washdev, and not to Pitanbar Sewani.
The committee directed the controller concerned to check the matter again and submit a report. Jawad Hussain (NA-39) remained absent and the committee decided to ask the Nadra to check whether his name was changed from Jawad Hasan to Jawad Hussain.
Syed Zafar Ali Shah appeared on behalf of the petitioner and informed the committee that hearing for Jawad Hussain`s degree was fixed in a high court for Nov 29 and sought adjournment till then.
The case was fixed for Dec 6.
A representative of Malik Iqbal Ahmed Langrial appeared on his behalf and informed the committee that an election petition about his degree was pending before the Election Tribunal and sought adjournment.
The hearing for the case along with cases of other legislators who have degrees issued by religious educational institutions was fixed for Nov 22. Senator Mir Mohabbat Khan Marri appeared in person to plead his case.
The committee advised him to submit written arguments in his defence and decided to issue notice to the controller of examination for submission of complete record on Nov 29.
Advocate Ihtisham-ul-Haq appeared on behalf of Haji Nasir Mehmood (PP-111) and informed the committee that a review petition against the judgment of the Supreme Court had been filed and that he was proceeding to perform Hajj. The committee directed him to provide copies of the review petition immediately.
Most of the others were granted adjournment.
They included representatives of Yar Mohammad Rind (PB-31), Samina Khawar Hayat (PP-Reserved), Ijaz Ahmed (PP-209), Saima Aziz (PP-Reserved), Syed Mohammad Salman Mohsin (NA-165), Mazhar Hayat (NA-138), Syed Akhunzada Chittan (NA-44), Abdul Samad Akhunzada (PB-7), Khalifa Abdul Qayyum (KP-64), Shama Parveen Magsi (PB-Reserved), Sardar Ali (PF-34) and Syed Aqil Shah (KPK-4).
Senator Rehana Yehya Baloch sent a letter through fax and sought adjournment. Her case has been fixed for Nov 29.