Top court upholds PHC verdict disqualifying PML-N lawmaker over fake degree

Rejecting Ziaur Rehman's plea, top judge said that people with fake degrees shouldn't be allowed in the parliament


Our Correspondent October 18, 2018
PML-N lawmaker Ziaur Rehman. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Thursday upheld the verdict of Peshawar High Court (PHC) on the disqualification of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)  lawmaker Ziaur Rehman in fake degree case.

In March last year, Rehman, an MPA from Mansehra district, was de-seated after the PHC upheld an election tribunal's decision which ruled that an educational certificate of the lawmaker was a fake.

Daily Express reported that Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar, heading the three-judge bench, rejected Rehman's review plea.

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He remarked, "I don't think people with fake degrees should be allowed in the parliament."

During the proceeding, Justice Ijazul Ahsan observed that the PML-N lawmaker had completed his matriculation and a Shahdah-e-Ilmia five-year course at the age of 16.

"How is it possible for someone to complete a five-year course only four months after completing their matriculation" the judge said and added that the PHC, on these basis, had declared the degree as fake."

The former MPA responded that he had 'prepared for the examination and then appeared for the paper.'

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