ISLAMABAD, Dec 6 (APP): Eleven parliamentarians pleaded their cases regarding fake or invalid degrees on Monday in the hearing conducted by Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). The hearing was held under the chairmanship of the nominated officer of ECP, Mohammad Afzal Khan and focal person of Higher Education Commission (HEC) Rahim Bux Channa.
In the case of Mr. Shaukat Aziz Bhatti MPA (PP-4), one Mr. Shaukat Aziz Sheikh appeared in person before the Committee alongwith original identification and other documents.
He informed that he did his graduation in 1992 and provisional certificate was issued to him. On the basis of that certificate he got employment in Social Security Hospital, Islamabad.
Since 1992, he did not receive his degree from the University and alleged that Shaukat Aziz Bhatti got his original degree fraudulently.
He also contended that he want to sue Shaukat Aziz Bhatti in the court of law.
Nawabzada Mir Nadir Magsi (PS-40), Provincial Minister for Food, Sindh appeared in person and pleaded that he got his degree from Strassford University, UK which is recognized by the European Union Council.
He also pleaded that during filling of nomination papers in 2008 the same objection was raised regarding his degree but the UK Embassy Consulate at Karachi verified his degree at that time. The Committee advised him to provide verified copies of his degree and valid proof about the degree recognition.
Barrister Zafar Ali Shah appeared against Jawad Hussain MNA (NA-39) and informed that the Balochistan High Court has fixed December 20 for hearing the case of Jawad Hussain in the same matter.
Meanwhile, NADRA has also confirmed that Jawad Hussain had been issued CNIC in the name of Jawad Hasan s/o Malik Jamal Hussain later on which was changed on his request.
The Committee decided to ask Controllers Peshawar Board and Balochistan University to present the original record before the Committee on December 20.
Rizwan Gill Ex-MPA appeared in person and provided copies of his matriculation, Intermediate and graduation. He contended that the copies of all his documents relate to him and are totally genuine. He requested that his documents may be verified.
The Committee informed him that the matter has already been decided by the Supreme Court of Pakistan.
The Junior of Sardar Abdul Razzaq Advocate appeared on behalf of Yar Muhmmad Rind MPA (PB-31) and requested that as his senior advocate is busy, therefore, the case may be adjourned for submission of written reply. The Committee fixed December 13 as final date of hearing.
For Ms. Seemal Kamran, her representative Muhammad Fayyaz Bhatti appeared and contended that a written reply has already been submitted.
The Committee informed him that both the first and the second degree submitted by Ms. Seemal Kamran are fake, fictitious and bogus as per report of HEC. The Committee fixed December 13 as final date of hearing on the request of the representative.
Musaddiq Riaz, son-in-law of Bashir Ahmed Khan MPA (PS-56) appeared before the Committee and informed that son of Mr. Bashir Ahmed Khan has died on Friday and therefore, he is unable to attend the proceedings. The Committee adjourned the case and fixed December 20 as next date of hearing.
Malik Shaukat Ali Advocate appeared on behalf of Ghulam Dastagir Rajar MNA (NA-235) and pleaded that the degree available in the record issued on 1995 does not relate to his client. He provided a copy of another degree issued in 2007 and requested for its verification.
The Committee handed over a copy of the degree submitted by counsel for verification and fixed December 20 as next date of hearing.
On behalf of Afshan Farooq MPA (PP-Reserved), Mr. Masood Sarwar Tarar Advocate appeared and submitted power of attorney with the request to adjourn the case for submission of written reply. The next date of hearing is December 20.
For Mukesh Kumar MPA (PP-Reserve), Sureesh Kumar Advocate appeared and submitted power of attorney. He sought copies of documents to defend the case.
The case was fixed for December 20.
Haji Nasir Mehmood MPA (PP-111) remained absent and the Committee fixed the December 20 as final date of hearing.
Ms. Farah Deeba MPA (PP-Reserved) also remained absent and the Committee decided to close the case and submit it before Chief Election Commissioner.