PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court (PHC) has adjourned the fake-degree case against Pakistan Peoples Party’s senior minister in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Rahimdad Khan. A two-member PHC bench, comprising Chief Justice (CJ) Dost Muhammad Khan and Mrs Irshad Qaisar, was hearing petitions filed by a voter and an opposing candidate from PK-27 Mardan against Khan. The petitions alleged that Khan’s BA degree is fake and was illegally obtained from Gomal University, Dera Ismail Khan, and that he contested the elections in violation of the law. The court adjourned the voter’s case hearing for the next 15 days, while the rival candidates will have their proceedings on September 25. Gomal University’s deputy registrar of the degree cell, Hafeez Khattak, however, has already informed PHC’s division bench on September 4 that he never issued Khan’s degree and that the degree belonged to traffic Warden Rahimdad Khan, also a resident of Dera Ismail Khan.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 19th, 2012.