ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan has approached the Higher Education Commission to expedite the verification process of the degrees of almost 200 defiant MPs so that “appropriate action” could be taken against those who have refused to cooperate despite the orders of the Supreme Court and the ECP.
This initiative of the ECP, according to the sources, shows the Commission’s intentions not to spare around 200 of those MPs including highly influential politicians from both sides of the political divide, who have neither honoured the order of the Supreme Court nor shown respect to the repeated reminders of the Election Commission to get their degrees verified.
These MPs have though not been touched as being the member of the present Parliament, which would complete its term on March 16, their non-compliance of the order of the SC and the ECP might become a major obstacle for them for contesting the next polls unless they verify their degrees as required under the 2008 nomination papers.
According to sources the ECP has approached chairman HEC through its Director Legal, who reminded the latter of the commission’s recent decision that “HEC will continue with the degree verification process by writing to the concerned university and inquiring whether or not the degrees of the remaining Parliamentarians were genuine or otherwise.”
The HEC chairman, who has been asked to expedite the process and report back to the ECP for appropriate action, was reminded that in their meeting with the Parliamentary Committee on February 28 the ECP and HEC had decided: “In case of negative report from the HEC based on proof provided by the concerned University, the ECP will take action in accordance with the law after due notice to the candidate concerned.”
The letter, written on March 8, also reminded the HEC that the method of verification of degrees as directed by the Supreme Court of Pakistan and followed previously will continue, which is that a request will be made by the ECP to the HEC as to whether the degrees submitted by the candidates with their nomination forms are genuine.”
The letter further said: “It was decided in the meeting that the HEC will continue with the degree verification process by writing to the concerned university and inquiring whether or not the degrees of the remaining Parliamentarians were genuine or otherwise.”“It is, therefore, requested to expedite this process and report back to the Election Commission so that appropriate action could be taken,” the letter concluded.