The Lahore High Court (LHC) disqualified PML-N MPA Rizwan Naurez Gill from Sargodha on Friday for taking part in elections with a fake bachelors degree.
A petition challenging Gill's eligibility was filed in the court by Dr Nadia Aziz, a former MPA of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP).
Gill had run for the Punjab Assembly in 2008 from the constituency PP-34 and received 19,000 votes, while Dr Nadia was defeated by 2,300 votes.
One among many
Parliamentarians holding fake degrees has grown to become a serious issue in Pakistan with new cases of fake degrees being discovered many times in the recent past.
Balochistan provincial minister for industries and commerce was accused of holding a fake degree.
Rana Mubashar of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), who resigned in April from his Punjab Assembly seat, was also another case of fake degree possession by a parliamentarian.
Another member of of Punjab Assembly Liaquat Ali Ghuman sent his resignation to the PML-N leadership on May 20 prior to a fake degree verdict against him.
The nomination papers of People's Party candidate, Nazir Jatt were also rejected by the Lahore High Court (LHC) after his degree was found to be bogus. Jatt was a member of the National Assembly but he had resigned when his degree was found to be fake. He was later disqualified from contesting the by-polls.
The case of Jamshed Dasti was one which had triggered a particularly heated debate. Dasti had resigned from his parliamentary seat last month when the degree based on which he contested the general elections in 2008 proved to be fake.
Speaking in the National Assembly following Dasti's case, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani had said that the issue of fake degrees is a conspiracy to malign the parliament and urged members to thwart it.
Petitions against Dasti however, were dismissed by the Lahore High Court (LHC) and he was declared eligible to contest the elections.
Following the multiple fake degree cases, the National Assembly's Standing Committee for Education handed over 873 degrees of parliamentarians to the Higher Education Commission (HEC) for verification on May 25.
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