Lahore: 105 politicians used fake degrees
LAHORE: Around 105 current and former politicians belonging to different political and religious parties have used unfair means to become a member of parliament, but the issue of fake degree holders exposed them and now they have been declared fake or invalid degree holders by the court, the Higher Education Commission (HEC), or the institutes responsible for issuing their degrees, Daily Times learnt on Thursday.
According to sources, among 105 politicians, there are those individuals who resigned from public office in response to allegations of holding bogus or invalid bachelors degrees issued by various institutes.
In the list of politicians who were found to have fake degrees is Aamir Liaqat Hussain of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM). He is no longer a member of the party, nor is he a member of parliament. His degree was challenged while he was a sitting MNA. His party forced him to resign to avoid any embarrassment in future.
Sources said many politicians quit their seats when they came to know that investigations were going to start against their degree – Shabina Riaz Sheikh is one of them.
Some members like Farooq Yousuf Ghurki and Farrah Deeba are still facing cases.
Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) is at the top of the list of fake degree holders as its 29 members are facing such allegations.
It is followed by the Pakistan People Party (PPP) with 26 members, while former ruling party the Pakistan Muslim League Quaid (PML-Q) is third with 18 parliamentarians.
The HEC has already confirmed a list of 47 parliamentarians as fake degree holders while it and some other educational institutes have also handed over a list of more than 35 fake degree holders to the Election Commission.
There are 16 independent politicians while five Ulema belonging to a religious parties alliance called Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) were also declared by courts or educational institutes as fake or invalid degree holders.
Members of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI), the Awami National Party (ANP), the Balochistan National Party (BNP), the National People’s Party (NPP) and Pir Pagaro’s Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F) have also used “unfair means” to reach parliament.
The PML-N members accused of having fake degrees are; Farrah Deeba, Afshan Farooq, Ch Muhammad Shafique, Yasir Raza Malik, Tariq Mehmood Bajwa, Syed Salman Mohsin Gilani, Haji Nasir Mahmood, Haji Parvaiz Khan, Haji Zulfiqar Ali, Khawaja Muhammad Islam, Liaqat Ali Ghuman, Maher Pasha Jakhrani, Malik Imran Khan, Mian Javed Latif, Mian Ajmal Asif, Rana Abdul Rauf, Muhammad Riaz, Muhammad Faiz Tamman, Nasim Nasir Khawaja, Rana Mubashir Iqbal, Rana Zahid Hussain Khan, Rao Mazhar Hayyat Khan, Rizwan Nowaiz Gill, Sardar Meer Badshah Khan Qaisrani, Sheikh Amjad Aziz, Shumaila Rana, Saima Aziz, Shafiq Ahmad Gujjar and Syed Javed Hasnain Shah.
The PPP fake degree holders are: Tariq Mehmood Alloana, Safina Saima Khar, Muhammad Tariq Tarar, Mukesh Kumar, Muhammad Rauf Khalid, Mahesh Kumar Malhani, Irshad Ahmad Khan, Jam Ikramullah Khan Dharejo, Jam Saifullah Khan Dharejo, Jamshaid Ahmad Khan Dasti, Hayat Ullah Khan Tareen, Farooq Yousaf Ghurki, Bashir Ahmed Khan Leghari, Haji Ali Madad Jattak, Abdul Qayyum Khan Jatoi, Waseem Afzal Gondal, Syed Ameer Shah Jamot, Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah, Syed Nasir Ali Shah alias Syed Abbas, Allah Wasaya/Chunnu Khan Leghari, Nawabzada Mir Nadir Magsi, Pitanbar Sewani, Rahim Dad Khan, Ramesh Lal, Shabina Riaz, and Rana Muhammad Ijaz Noon.
The members of the PML-Q are: Syeda Majida Zaidi, Amna Jehangir, Chaudhry Nazir Ahmed Jatt, Dewan Syed Ashiq Hussain Bukhari, Malik Iqbal Ahmed Langriyal, Mir Ahmadan Khan Bugti, Mir Mohabat Khan Marri, Mian Muhammad Azam Chela Sial, Malik Nauman Ahmed Langriyal, Muhammad Khan Toor, Naghma Mushtaq Lang, Rehana Yahya Baloch, Robina Irfan Zehri, Samina Khawar Hayat, Sardar Mir Ghulam Abid Khan Sundran, Sardar Yar Muhammad Khan Rind, Shama Parveen Magsi and Shaukat Aziz Bhatti.
The independent members of parliament are: Mir Bakhtiar Khan Domki, Jawad Hussain, Khalifa Abdul Qayyum, Haji Sher Azam Khan Wazir, Haji Mudassar Qayyum Nahra, Iftikhar Ahmed Khan, Syed Akhun Zada Chittan, Wali Muhammad Badini, Zahoor Hussain Khosa, Maulvi Obedullah, Mir Hamayun Aziz Kurd, Muhammad Safdar Gill, Nawabzada Tariq Magsi, Nawabzada Akbar Magsi, Sardar Ali Khan and Sardar Aamir Yar Waran.
The MMA members having fake degrees are Haji Rozuddin, Kishore Kumar, Maulvi Agha Muhammad, Gulistan Khan and Syed Matiullah Agha.
The PML-F members are: Ghulam Dastgir Rajar, Bashir Ahmed Bhabban and Muhammad Khan Junejo.
The ANP members are: Ilyas Ahmed Bilour and Syed Aqil Shah.
The NPP members are: Sardar Sanaullah Zehri and Abid Hussain Jatoi.
BNP-A’s Yaqoob Bizenjo and Mir Israrullah Khan Zehri, JUI’s Molvi Abdul Samad and MQM member Amir Liaquat Hussain are also in the list of current and former politicians having fake degrees.