Degrees of 8 parliamentarians declared fake

Published: September 6, 2012

Punjab University says it has no record of Shumaila Rana, Seemal Kamran, Farah Deeba among others. PHOTO: FILE

LAHORE: The University of Punjab has sent a final report to the Higher Education Commission (HEC) on Thursday declaring degrees of eight parliamentarians fake, reported Express News.

The university said that it had no reports of eight parliamentarians, including Pakistan Muslim League – Quaid’s (PML-Q) Muhabbat Khan Marri, Seemal Kamran and Amna Ulfat. PML-Nawaz’s Afshaan Farooq, Farah Deeba and Shumaila Rana as well as Awami National Party’s (ANP) Syed Aqil Shah were also included in the list. Naseer Akhtar’s degree was also declared fake.

The HEC had earlier sent 376 degrees to the university for verification.

In the final report, the university also declared six other degrees “suspicious” and gave a final warning to the respondents to present their matric and intermediate certificates for verification.

These include National Assembly member Noman Iqbal and Punjab Assembly members Abdul Hanif, Mohammad Nawaz, Neelum Chaudhry and Mohammad Arqaan.

According to sources, cases of two fake degrees are still in courts, while Mubashir Iqbal and Mohammad Rizwan have taken back their cases.

Earlier, the Balochistan High Court had disqualified Syed Ehsan Shah from his post of industries minister for possessing and using a forged degree.

Correction: An earlier version of the story incorrectly stated ‘members of Punjab Assembly’ instead of ‘parliamentarians’. The error is regretted.

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Reader Comments (20)

  • Asim
    Sep 6, 2012 - 5:45PM

    Failure of state institutions; now they are discovering fake degress it should have been done by Election commission at the time of verification of papers

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  • Nav
    Sep 6, 2012 - 6:15PM

    Shumaila Rana! the infamous credit card stealing thief, no surprises there.

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  • Mr. Honest
    Sep 6, 2012 - 6:17PM

    Why were the degrees not authenticated 5 years ago by ECP at the time of filing the nomination papers??? Another example of the failed system…

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  • dpd
    Sep 6, 2012 - 6:34PM

    Business opportunity for some one in Pakistan. Provide a service for Companies and Government in the verification of their matric, intermediate certificates, degrees, masters and phd’s. Collect information from schools and varsity’s and create a database.

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  • dpd
    Sep 6, 2012 - 6:36PM

    Charge them for fraud. Send them to jail.

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  • elementary
    Sep 6, 2012 - 6:38PM

    Is shumaila Rana the same honourable MPA, who likes using other people’s credit cards?

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  • Schabboo Khan
    Sep 6, 2012 - 6:39PM

    Shouldn’t they be booked for fraud?

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  • shoaib
    Sep 6, 2012 - 6:44PM

    Election coming. 5 years passed. Now degree being declared fake. It was intentionally made late by bribery by university. Verification can be done within few minutes by opening result bookRecommend

  • Mirza
    Sep 6, 2012 - 6:47PM

    @Asim:
    Sir you are 100% right. It should have been done at the nomination time not after they have almost completed their term. However, this way The University of Punjab and the Punjab govt has made sure that their members complete their terms for over four long years.
    Regards,
    Mirza

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  • Syed Hamid Ahmed
    Sep 6, 2012 - 6:59PM

    This is what a university is saying:
    “In the final report, the university also declared six other degrees “suspicious” and gave a final warning to the respondents to present their matric and intermediate certificates for verification.”

    University does not know if the degree present was issued by them or not? please look at you record, you issued it or not?

    It is a topi drama again, all are corrupt, including ……..I mean all.

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  • casim
    Sep 6, 2012 - 7:03PM

    I’m really shocked to see so many fraudulent elected members! yet they get no jail time & come back through new elections whereas a normal citizen rots in jail! what’s going on EC! wake up! Recommend

  • kanwal
    Sep 6, 2012 - 7:17PM

    what a shame. send them to jail along with the chairman of ECP at that time.

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Sep 6, 2012 - 7:36PM

    What difference does it make, if someone has “Punjab University” degree or not.

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  • Dean
    Sep 6, 2012 - 7:44PM

    HEC verified my degree in 2 weeks through British High Commission. It took them 5 years through Election Commission of Pakistan. :/

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  • us
    Sep 6, 2012 - 7:56PM

    Need to be put behind the bars for perjury and fraud, all assets confiscated.

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  • Jahil
    Sep 6, 2012 - 8:30PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad: nice one..you certainly seem to possess one.

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  • Sep 6, 2012 - 9:07PM

    Hahaha. Shumaila Rana, you should get a trophy for corruption. Firstly, for stealing credit card and now for the fake degrees. Shame on you and your party who gave you the punjab assembly’s seat for women.Recommend

  • Sep 6, 2012 - 9:20PM

    fake degree holder Parliamentarian should be debarred from any election for life long. Besides they should be charged for forgery( beside their disqualification to be a member of Parliament) and cheating the nation and be jailed.

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  • Aslam
    Sep 6, 2012 - 10:18PM

    Shumaila Rana is a lady cleared by a committee of PML-N. Now they will again clear their members after a long “investigation”.

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  • SHAHID BUTT
    Sep 7, 2012 - 1:33AM

    @Nav:
    Did she go to jail for credit card theft? any follow up news??

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