ISLAMABAD: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has issued a fresh list of MPs, numbering 150, whose degrees have been verified by the Election Commission. The verification of more than half of the MPs has been completed with the list’s compilation, said HEC officials.
The new list declared as bona fide the educational credentials of Defence Minister Chaudhry Ahmad Mukhtar, Health Minister Makhdoom Shahabuddin, Minister of State for Interior Tasnim Ahmad Qureshi, National Assembly Deputy Speaker Faisal Karim Kundi, Hamza Shahbaz Sharif, son of Punjab chief minister, and Chaudhry Abid Sher Ali, the head of the National Assembly’s standing committee on education.
Of the 1,164 sitting members of the upper and lower house of parliament and the four provincial assemblies, the commission has checked the degrees of 596 deputies. Of these, 538 have been declared valid by the commission. Fifty-eight of them were found to be invalid or bogus while cases of another 18 members are sub judice.
The new list contains the names of two senators, 49 members of the National Assembly, 76 members of the Punjab Assembly, 16 members of the Sindh Assembly and seven members of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Assembly.
Secretary General Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Senator Jehangir Badar and Naib Amir Jamaat-e-Islami Professor Muhammad Ibrahim Khan have also been cleared.
Prominent among the list of MNAs whose degrees were declared genuine include Hanif Abbasi, Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Anoosha Rehman and Chaudhry Barjees Tahir, (PML-N), Hamid Yar Hiraj, Riaz Hussain Pirzada and Akram Masih Gill (PML-Q), Jehangir Khan Tarin (PML-F), Justice (retd) Fakhar un Nisa, Shagufta Jumani and Belum Hasnain of ruling PPP.
Other MNAs given who were cleared include Maulana Attaur Rehman (NA-25), Mohammad Kamran Khan (NA-40), Nawab Abdul Ghani Talpur (NA-231), Muhammad Jadam Mangrio (NA-231), Nisar Bibi now known as Nisar Tanvir (Reserved seat for women), Noor Alam Khan (NA-3), Malik Abrar Ahmad (NA-54), Sardar Salim Haider Khan (NA-59), Chaudhry Anwar Ali Cheema (NA-67), Rashid Akbar Khan (NA-74), Malik Nawab Sher Waseer (NA-76), Muhammad Asim Nazir (NA-77), Raheela Perveen now known as Raheela Baloch (NA-78), Asif Tauseef (NA-80), Saeed Iqbal (NA-81), Haji Akram Ansari (NA-85), Junaid Anwar Chaudhry (NA-93), Sahibzada Murtaza Amin (NA-113), Rana Tanvir Hussain (NA-132), Saeed Ahmad Zafar (NA-137), Rana Muhammad Ishaq Khan (NA-NA-141), Pir Aslam Bodla (NA-158), Chaudhry Zahid Iqbal (NA-162), Chaudhry Saud Majeed (NA-187), Abdul Ghafoor Chaudhry (NA-190), Nighat Parveen Mir, Samina Mushtaq Pagganwala and Sabeen Rizvi (reserved seat for women), Nauman Islam Shaikh (NA-198), Salahuddin (NA-220) and Syed Inayat Ali Shah (NA-86).
Robina Shaheen Watto, daughter of Federal Minister Mian Manzoor Wattoo, who was elected as a Member of the provincial Assembly from PP-168 as an independent candidate and then joined PPP, and Embesat Hamid (previously Embesat Yusuf) of PML-Q.
The list also contains the names of Makhdoom Syed Ahmad Mehmud (PP-92), Ch Muhammad Ayaz (PP-9), Ziaullah Shah (PP-11), Malik Khurram Ali Khan (PP-PP-18), Chaudhry Muhammad Saqlain (PP-24), Ch Aamar Sultan Cheema (PP-32), Karam Elahi Bandial (PP-40), Muhammad Asif Malik (NA-41), Amir Hayat Rokhri (PP-44), Mohammad Feroze Joyia (PP_PP-46), Ch Raza Nasrullah Ghumman (PP-62), Zafar Iqbal Nagra (PP-64), Dr Saad Muazzam (PP-67), Khalid Imtiaz Khan Baloch (PP-69), Saqlain Anwer Sipra (PP-75), Saeed Mughal (PP-94), Sh Mumtaz Ahmad (PP-96), Shaukat Manzoor Cheema (PP-104), Mian Tariq Mehmood (PP-113), Muhammad Akhlaque (PP-122), Chaudhry Tahir Mehmood Hundli (PP-125), Awais Qasim Khan (PP-132), Dr Tahir Ali Javed (PP-133), Kh Imran Nazir (PP-139), Ch Shahbaz Ahmad (PP-143), Muhammad Naveed Anjum (PP-145), Mohsin Latif (PP-147), Ran Mashood Ahmed Khan (PP-149), Mehr Ishtiaq Ahmad (PP-PP-150), Rana Tanvir Ahmed Nasir (PP-168), Shah Jahan Ahmad Bhatti (PP-172), Muhammad Yaqoob Nadeem Sethi (PP-PP-175), Malik Akhter Hussain Naul (PP-176), Haji Naeem Safdar Ansari (PP-177), Ahsan Raza Khan (PP-180), Rana Muhammad Iqqbal Khan (PP-184), Rai Farooq Umer Khan Kharral (PP-185), Muhammad Mueen Watto (PP-193), Rana Ejaz Ahmad Noon (PP-204), Sardar Khalid Saleem Bhatti (PP-233), Muhammad Naeem Akhtar (PP-237), Asif Saeed Manais (PP-238), Sardar Fateh Muhammad Khan Buzdar (PP-PP-241), Mohsin Khan Leghari (PP-245), Col (retd) Javed Iqbal Sajid (PP-287), MIan Muhammad Aslam Adv (PP-289), Ch Muhammad Shafique (PP-PP-296), Hafiz Qamar Hayat Kathia, Malik Nosher Khan Langrial (PP-235), Chaudhry Irfanuddin (PP-115) and Tariq Mehmood Alioana (PP-120).
Punjab Assembly (Reserved Seats)
Rehana Hadees, Dr Zamurad Yasmin Rana, Deeba MirzaAneela Akhtar Chaudhry, Fariha Nayab, Shamila Zaheer (Shamila Aslam after marriage), Khalil Tahir Sindhu, Joel Ami Sahutra, and Rana Asif Mehmood (PML-N), Azma Zahid Bukhari, Tahir Naveed, Asifa Farooqui, Kishwar Qayyum, Fozia Bahram, Nazma Jawad Hashmi, Sajida Mir, Dr Amina Buttar, and Rifat Sultana Dar (PPP), Saba Sadiq, Khadija Umar, Bushra Nawaz Gardezi and Qamar Aamir Chaudhry.
Sanaullah Khan Miankhel, Adnan Khan, Munawar Khan Advocate, Yasmin Zia, Muhammad Javid Abbasi, Raja Faisal Zaman and Saqibullah Khan Chamkani.
The 16 members cleared include the Provincial Minister for Special Education Syed Ali Nawaz Rizvi, Minister for Low-cost Housing Syed Mardan Shah, Jam Mahtab Hussain Dahar, Tariq Masood Arain, Pir Ghulam Shah Jilani (PS-PS-75), Imran Zafar Leghari (PS-76), Rana Abdul Sattar (PS-79), Qazi Shamsud Din Rajar (PS-80), Muhammad Rafiq Banbhan (PS-31) and Najmuddin Abro (PS-42) and Ruksana Parveen alias Rukhsana Shah, Rashida Akhtar Panhwar, Ram Singh, , Shamim Ara Pahwar, Firdous Hameed alias Farheen Mughal and Musarrat Bano Warsi.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 3rd, 2010.