ISLAMABAD: PML-Q MNA for NA 163, Nauman Ahmed Langhriyal was the latest addition to the growing list of parliamentarians holding fake degrees as of Sunday.
The MNA's degree allegedly issued by Punjab University was found to be fake. No official statement has been issued by the PML-Q in this regard.
Viewpoints on the fake degree fiasco
Imtiaz Gul, Head, Centre for Research and Security Studies:
We should not allow the ruling elite to hide under the cover of the “bad” Musharraf law. We must question this fraud and cheating. What is the moral or legal justification for purchasing a degree? Being in the assembly is no justification.
Foqia Sadiq Khan, development studies analyst based in Islamabad:
There is no cross-cutting clear moral or legal stance on fake degree holders. On the contrary, political parties are again issuing tickets to the same members who earlier were disqualified because they got elected after obtaining fake degrees.
Mina Sohail, Anchor, Express 24/7:
With allegations of fraud, if the disqualified have any sense of remorse, they should resign in the blink of an eye. Why wait for public humiliation? Maybe because when you reach a height of shamelessness and obstinacy, you wait for miracles to happen. And they do. Or at least they did in Jamshed Dasti’s case.
Marvi Sirmed, independent blogger and freelance columnist:
Popularly-elected regimes are almost always maligned in the public sphere and usually this is done through the use of allegations which are often not true. The sudden rise in the number of cases of fake degrees is another example. Ironically, most of these (fake) degrees holders were there in the last parliament, and some of them were with the king’s party. Nothing happened to them then.
Syed Ali Raza Abidi, blogger and political writer:
In my opinion a cheater is always a cheater. Someone who has lied in the face of the Constitution, official authorities, the people, and his or her own self just to qualify shows the poor quality of the people we have in the house representing us.
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