Islamabad: More lawmakers fail to defend degrees
ISLAMABAD: An election commission panel holding initial hearing into the cases of fake or invalid degrees of public representatives has closed the cases of MPA Seemal Kamran (PP-Reserved) and MPA Samina Khawar Hayat (PP-Reserved).
The cases have been forwarded to the chief election commissioner for further action. So far, the committee has closed 13 such cases and forwarded them to the election commission.
The cases of lawmakers who failed to prove the committee on genuineness of their educational certificates will be sent to the courts for criminal proceedings.
Meanwhile, MNA Mazhar Hayat (NA-138), MNA Hayatullah Khan Tareen (NA-155), MNA Molvi Haji Roziuddin (NA-262), MNA Mir Humayun Aziz Kurd (NA-267), MPA Abdul Samad Akhunzada (PB-7), MPA Yar Muhammad (PB-31), MPA Sardar Ali (KP-34), MPA Safina Saima Khar (PB-Reserved), MPA Afshan Farooq (PP-Reserved) and MPA Nasim Nasir Khawaja (PP-Reserved) appeared before the committee in person, or through their legal representatives, and submitted their records.
The committee advised lawmakers and their counsels to submit a written reply and further evidence before adjourning the cases.
Dr Badshah Munir Bukhari, additional controller of examinations of the University of Peshawar, appeared before the committee and declared that the degrees of Sardar Ali and Safina Saima Khar were bogus.
The counsels for MNA Mir Ahmedan Khan (NA-265) and MPA Khalifa Abdul Qayum Khan (KP-64) pleaded that their clients’ degrees from madrassahs are not fake, even if the institutions are not recognised by the Higher Education Commission (HEC). They asked the committee to finalise the case in light of the documents presented.
Meanwhile, representatives for Mir Muhabbat Khan Marri and MNA Syed Muhammad Salman Mohsin (NA-165) appeared before the court and submitted their degrees to the committee for verification by the HEC.