Academic credentials of Sindh governor-designate raise eyebrows

Published: August 26, 2018
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PTI leader Imran Ismail. PHOTO: EXPRESS/ FILE

PTI leader Imran Ismail. PHOTO: EXPRESS/ FILE

KARACHI: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) pick for Sindh governor, Imran Ismail’s highest qualification is intermediate as he never graduated from any university, according to the documents he submitted for partaking in the 2018 general elections.

The PTI leader’s academic credentials have raised eyebrows, drawing criticism on social and mainstream media on the nomination by Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Ismail is likely to take oath as the provincial governor on Monday.

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According to assets and liabilities Form-B and affidavit of contesting candidates for the general elections 2018, available on the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) website, Ismail only did BCom part-I after his intermediate.

Ismail won the provincial election from Karachi’s PS-111, beating the PPP’s Murtaza Wahab.

People have mainly criticised Ismail’s nomination as the governor as he would oversee all universities in Sindh.

However addressing a press conference on Saturday, Ismail said after the 18th amendment, chancellor of varsities is the chief minister, “Governor doesn’t have these powers,” he added.

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As for his education, he said that he’s ‘foreign-qualified’ and has studied from the United States and Italy, being a leather technician by profession.

On a question regarding his qualification mentioned in ECP’s Form-B, he said that whatever degrees he had with him, he had mentioned them in the form.

Meanwhile, defending Ismail’s nomination, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry has said if a matriculate could become president of the country then no one should be bothered about the former’s qualification as a governor.

Chaudhry was referring to Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari during a media talk in Islamabad on Saturday.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • amir
    Aug 26, 2018 - 6:49PM

    exactly. qualification was thrown out from the assembly. now all educated and so educated can become a leaderRecommend

  • iftikhar Ali
    Aug 26, 2018 - 6:56PM

    A corrupt literate is worst than honest illiterate. Recommend

  • Justice
    Aug 27, 2018 - 12:12AM

    If PTI fails to deliever, we will throw them out of the office.Recommend

  • Farooq Ahmed Khan
    Aug 27, 2018 - 12:47AM

    But he will have enough free time to do graduation from a distance learning institute. Pakistan should legislate for future qualification for all lawmakers to be Graduation if not Masters.Recommend

  • syed & syed
    Aug 27, 2018 - 3:19AM

    Sind Governor a wrong choiceRecommend

  • Jaffer Jamil
    Aug 27, 2018 - 4:53AM

    What’s the issue here? There are fully accredited nationally recognized colleges/universities, such as Thomas Edison College in the USA, that award degrees based upon previous coursework, trade schools,professional skills & experiential learning. There are a lot of scammers around, but there are also authentic ones that stand up to deep scrutiny. They will even consider his political experience. Recommend

  • Manzoor Ahmed
    Aug 27, 2018 - 10:21AM

    Is there any mandatory requirements for minimum qualifications to become Governor. If not then get off his back and let him do his job.Recommend

  • F Khan
    Aug 27, 2018 - 2:30PM

    PTI did not get a better person than this one for Governor Sindh position? The choice for CM Punjab is also pathetic.Recommend

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