LAHORE: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) MPA Farooq Yusuf Ghurki was declared ineligible on Wednesday to hold a seat in the Punjab Assembly for having a fake degree, reported Express News.
Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) also has members linked to cases of fake degrees, including MPA Safdar Gill. The Lahore High Court will hear Gill’s on March 27.
The verification of degrees started in 2010 after reports about several fake degree holders in the national and provincial assemblies surfaced and became a source of national and international embarrassment.
The Supreme Court, in its judgement on June 14, 2010, had ordered the Election Commission of Pakistan to investigate and initiate action against those found to have used forged education documents. While a number of legislators filed their documents, the Higher Education Commission could not complete the process, even after the passage of nearly three years.