Two former MPs sentenced in fake degree cases; two declared absconders

Two former MPs sentenced in fake degree cases; two declared absconders

MUZAFFARGARH, (SANA): The lower judiciary is concluding the cases of the former MPs holding fake degrees on emergency basis on the directions of the Supreme Court of Pakistan. The lower judiciary on Thursday decided two cases and reserved judgments in two cases.

The court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Peshawar sentenced a former lawmaker of Awami National Party’s (ANP) former provincial minister for sports from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Syed Aqil Shah, the court handed him one year imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 5000 for holding fake degree.

Aqil Shah was elected as an MPA from PK-4 constituency of Peshawar. The former MPA was arrested by police personnel at the conclusion of the hearing.

A local court on Thursday handed down three years jail term with Rs 5000 fine to former member National Assembly Jamshed Dasti in the fake degree case.

He was also disqualified from contesting election. Dasti was arrested from the court room.

The former Pakistan People’s Party MNA who quit the party and announced contesting election against former foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar broke down in tears outside the court.

He had earlier submitted his nomination paper to run for National Assembly election and reached the Election Commission office on a donkey cart.

His announcement came a few days after he filed his nomination papers from NA 177 and 178 to run against former foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar as an independent candidate.

Similarly a District and Sessions Judge in Pakpattan declared a former Member of National Assembly, Syed Salman Mohsin Gilani, belonging to the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) a proclaimed offender on Thursday over possession of a fake degree. Mohsin was elected as an MNA from NA-165 Pakpattan during the 2008 elections.

Moreover a local court in Quetta reserved its judgment upon conclusion of hearing over a case pertaining to possession of fake degree against former provincial minister from Balochistan Mir Ali Madad Jattak. The court will announce the judgment today (Friday).

Jattak, belonging to the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) was elected as a Member of Provincial Assembly from Balochistan’s PB-5 constituency.

Meanwhile District and Session Court on Thursday issued non-bailable warrants of former PML-N MPA Mir Badshah Qaisrani for holding fake degree.

The court summoned Registrar Sindh University Jamshoro Nawaz Narejo to verify authenticity of the lawmaker’s academic record.

Narejo, while speaking to reporters after the hearing, said that former MNA holds a fake degree which had not been verified by the Sindh University.

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has summoned 24 parliamentarians holding fake degrees on April 5.

On the other hand the election commission has declared the degree of former PML-Q MPA Amina Ulfat as fake.

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