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Fake Degrees, HEC finds six more invalid degrees

National Assembly PakistanISLAMABAD: The Higher Education Commission has so far verified educational degrees of 439 lawmakers and held 55 degrees as fake or invalid, informed sources told Dawn.

Fresh in the list of those found to be holding fake or invalid degrees include member of the National Assembly Mazhar Hayat (NA-138), members of the Punjab Assembly Shaukat Aziz (PP-4), Irshad Ahmad Khan (PP-254), Rana Abdul Rauf (PP-279) and Shabina Riaz (reserved seat), and member of the Sindh Assembly Jam Saifullah Khan Dharejo.

Those who have been given clean chit by the HEC recently include Senators Javed Ashraf Qazi (PML-Q), Tahir Hussain Mashadi (MQM) and Gul Mohammad Memon, Gul Mohammad Lot (PPP); MNAs Kishan Chand Parwani, Dr Darshan, Dr Mahesh Kumar and Sardar Jafar Khan Leghari; members of the Punjab Assembly Dr Ghazala Raza Rana, Mohammad Hafeez Akhtar Chaudhry and Shahid Khalil Noor; and members of the Balochistan Assembly Mohammad Nawaz, Sultan Mohammad, Ghazala Gohar, Jai Parkash; and member of the Sindh Assembly Ghulam Mohammad Shahani.

The ruling PPP continues to top the list of fake and dubious degree-holding lawmakers with 16, followed by PML-N and PML-Q.

Sources in the Election Commission said that the fifth hearing of the cases of lawmakers accused of holding fake or invalid degrees would be held on Sept 30. They said MNA Ahmadan Khan and members of the Balochistan Assembly Yar Mohammad and Shama Parveen Magsi would appear before the committee headed Mohammad Afzal Khan, the nominated officer of the Election Commission.

They said the hearing would take place also on Oct 4 and Oct 11 and the process of initial hearing to enable legislators to express their viewpoint would be completed by the end of October.

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