The signatures verifying Senior Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Minister Rahimdad Khan’s degree are forged, officials of the Gomal University (GU) in Dera Ismail Khan told the Peshawar High Court on Thursday.
A divisional bench of the PHC, comprising Justice Muftahuddin and Justice Mian Fasihul Mulk, was hearing a writ petition lodged by Farman Ali, a voter from Mardan, challenging the legitimacy of the minister’s degree.
The court was informed that Khan’s BA degree was, in fact, fake and that the original owner of the degree was Rehim Khan, a resident of Lakki Marwat and a traffic police inspector.
Deputy Registrar Degree Cell Hafizullah Khattak, Superintendent Degree Cell Altaf and Assistant Controller Naseer Khan of GU informed the court that they were not aware of the statement confirming the originality of the minister’s degree. They added that they were asked to sign a white paper.
“All these signatures are fakes and we were not aware of [the document]. This is not our statement,” the officials said.
Senior Minister Rahimdad Khan contested against Shahid Khan and Riaz Khattak in the general elections held in 2008 from PK-27 Mardan.
Correction: The general elections date was incorrect in an earlier version of this article. The correction has been made.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 24th, 2012.