Fake degrees: SC takes three more legislators to task

MPAs Khawaja Islam and Badshah Qaisrani de-notified while MNA Ghulam Sarwar's membership suspended.

Web Desk July 18, 2013
HEC says degrees of both MPAs is fake. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: A three member jury of the Supreme Court suspended Ghulam Sarwar (Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf) National Assembly membership, while Punjab Assembly members  Khawaja Islam (Pakistan Muslim League-N) and Mir Badshah Qaisrani (Jamiat Ulema e Islam-F) were de-notified on account of bogus degrees.

Last month, the Higher Education Commission (HEC) had declared Islam's intermediate degree as fake after it was found out that Faisalabad's Intermediate Board was set up in 1988 whereas Islam's degree dates back to 1987.

The HEC informed the court that Sarwar's degree had been discredited, though a final decision from the Bahawalpur University syndicate, while those of Islam and Qaisrani were fake.

The court then directed the de-notification of the two MPAs.

The tribunal withheld its decision on the degree of Maiza Hameed, a Member of the Parliament from PML(N), and ordered HEC to verify the degree of another MP - Zaib Jaffar - with the Punjab Assembly.


Arzoo | 10 years ago | Reply

@Aysha M: "Can somebody please answer my question?" If you are hoping for someone to cite your favorite political party, try to recall the name of the Minister of Religious Affairs who submitted to the election commission his BA degree in Islamic Studies issued by a now known degree mill, Trinity College and University (based in Spain but incorporated in Dover, Delaware, USA. He also claimed to hold a Masters degree and a PhD from the same university. On 13 June 2006, the Higher Education Commission, declared that his degree was not authentic and was not recognized. Having said that, let me also state that I enjoy your comments in ET and your die-hard dedication to a particular group. But in the end, what matters is our love for truth and our concern for our people; all of them.

Manzoor Ahmed | 10 years ago | Reply

The most disturbing example of fake degree is sitting in the president house. No action taken either by any courts or election commission. So when the head of the state is corrupt by all standards then what can one expect from legislators

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