MPA seeks verification of degree obtained after polls
ISLAMABAD: A PML-N legislator who graduated after the Feb 18, 2008, election has sought verification of her degree and deletion of her name from the list of legislators holding fake or invalid degrees.
Saima Aziz, holding a Punjab Assembly seat reserved for a woman legislator, had submitted with her nomination papers the copy of a degree purportedly issued by Islamia University of Bahawalpur in 2007 which was found to be fake by the university.
During the course of a hearing on Monday before the committee supervising the process of verification of lawmakers’ degrees, she disowned her degree and submitted another one that was issued some two weeks after the election.
The counsel for Ms Aziz, Barrister Malik Rafiq Rijwana, told the committee headed by Election Commission’s spokesman Mohammad Afzal Khan that his client was daughter of Mr Mohiuddin and after getting married her name was changed to Saima Aziz.
He argued that her marks sheet had already been verified by the HEC and requested for verification of her degree as well. The committee informed him that the degree was genuine but that it was issued on March 1, 2008, that is after the date of filing of nomination papers.