The Lahore High Court on Tuesday extended former federal minister for overseas Pakistanis Ghulam Sarwar’s interim bail till October 4. He faces charges of obtaining a university degree on the basis of a fake intermediate certificate.
Prosecutor General Sadaqat Ali told the court that an FIR had been registered against Sarwar on the direction of the Election Commission. He said that the police had completed its investigation and found him guilty.
Ali said that Sarwar had failed the practical exam for a diploma but had obtained an NOC in connivance with the Punjab Board of Technical Education employees. He said that Sarwar had attached the same NOC to a form for his BA admission.
Advocate Salman Akram Raja, counsel for Sarwar, said that the PBTE did not have the authority to cancel the diploma. He said his client had been elected twice as member of parliament on the basis of that certificate. He said Sarwar was being implicated in a false case.
The Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) had filed a case against Sarwar for obtaining a fake diploma to appear in his BA exam.
The ACE reported that Sarwar had obtained a duplicate diploma that had actually been issued to another candidate of the same name. Their fathers’ names were however different.
The ACE then filed a case against Sarwar; the Punjab Board of Technical Education’s former chairman, its secretary and two other officials for unlawfully issuing the duplicate diploma.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 2nd, 2013.
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