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August 31, 2010

Presidency pressurising university to hold verification

August 31, 2010

ISLAMABAD: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has found three more fake degree of parliamentarians of which one has already resigned while the degrees of two MPAs have been found suspicious.
The number of parliamentarians having fake degrees has touched 48 and the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has started calling the concerned members for personal hearing and then will send their cases to the sessions judges according to the judgment of Supreme Court of Pakistan in Rizwan Gill case.
Of the parliamentarians found having fake degrees include Jawad Hussain, Iqbal Langriyal and Amir Yar Waran while degrees of Shabina Riaz and Shaukat Aziz Bhatti have been found suspicious.
Well-placed sources in HEC told The News that degree of Jawad Hussain, Member National Assembly (MNA) from Fata (NA-39 Aurakzai Agency) has been found fake. Jawad Hussain claims that he did graduation from Balochistan University while his intermediate certificate is from Peshawar Board. It is worth mentioning here that his degree has also been challenged in the Election Tribunal where the petitioner has mentioned that the MNA from Fata claims that he passed his intermediate examination and did his graduation within fourteen months which by no means is possible under the education system in Pakistan.
The HEC has also found that Punjab MPA Malik Iqbal Langriyal has obtained a degree from an invalid Madrassa. Langriyal managed to win 2008 polls from PP-226 on PML-Q ticket.
The HEC also declared degree of Amir Yar Waran, former MNA from Bahawalpur as fake. Sources said a private sector university, which has to verify the degree of only one MPA is continuously ignoring the reminders from the HEC in this regard. This MPA is none other than Shabina Riaz wife of Ahmad Riaz Sheikh former Additional Director General of FIA and a close aide of President Asif Ali Zardari who hit the headlines a few months ago when government was hesitant to implement the NRO judgment passed by the

Supreme Court.
The sources said that the HEC sent a degree for verification on June 29 to Lahore based Hajvery University but it failed to confirm whether the degree of MPA Shabina Riaz was genuine or fake.
“The Presidency is pressurizing the university not to reply to HEC while the HEC has warned the university that if it did not reply in next few days strict action will be taken against the university and the said degree will be declared as fake,” said HEC officials.
HEC officials have also disclosed that the degree of Shaukat Aziz Bhatti, MPA from Gujar Khan has also been found suspicious because the degree submitted by the parliamentarian carries the name of Shaukat Ali Sheikh.

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