PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court (PHC) has adjourned the hearing of a fake-degree case against Pakistan Peoples Party’s senior provincial minister, Rahimdad Khan, till September 18.
Justice Mian Fasihul Mulk and Justice Irshad Qaisar from the PHC’s division bench were hearing the case.
The petition was filed in 2008 by Farman Ali Khattak, a voter from PK-27 Mardan, who alleged that Khan’s BA degree was fake. Khattak accused Khan of illegally obtaining it from Gomal University, Dera Ismail Khan. Two petitions were also filed separately by opposing candidates, Shahid Khattak and Riaz Ali Khattak, at the election tribunal. The case will be heard on September 25.
Barrister Amir Javed, Farman Ali’s counsel, told the bench that Rahimdad’s degree was never issued by the university administration. He added that the accused was contesting on a degree that belonged to some other Rahimdad, the son of a traffic warden, Baqi Khan.
Gomal University’s deputy registrar of the degree cell, Hafeez Khattak, said that he never issued Rahimdad’s degree. The court relieved him upon his request because he had provided all the relevant information.
Rahimdad’s counsel’s Abdul Latif Yusufzai requested the court to defer the case because Riaz Ali’s counsel, Qazi Muhammad Anwar, was absent during the proceedings. He said that the case should be heard after September 25 because the election tribunal is hearing the case on that day.
Amir said that the accused are using delaying tactics to push the date forward and added that the case should be heard as two separate petitions were filed.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 5th, 2012.
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