Pakistan’s Supreme Court nowadays warned that lawmakers holding fake-degrees might face criminal cases and gave 189 legislatures; who had not submitted their academic certificates, time till April five to submit their documents for verification.
A three-member bench of the apex court, headed by Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, resumed the hearing of the case concerning lawmakers with faux degrees. During the hearing, the justice same that the degrees of fifty four parliamentarians were declared as faux whereas 189 lawmakers had didn’t submit their admission and intermediate certificates since the past 2 and 1 years.
He added that according to the Constitution of Pakistan members of parliament could face criminal prosecution for intentionally submitting false statements and that the submission of fake degrees by lawmakers was in violation of Article 62 of the constitution.
Chaudhry further said that degrees should be issued from approved institutes and that the matter of degrees should be like an open book, the Dawn reported.
Secretary of the Election Commission Ishtiaq Ahmed told the court that the Higher Education Commission (HEC) had informed the commission in writing about 69 cases of fake degrees held by lawmakers and that the cases were forwarded to the relevant courts for criminal proceedings.
Ishtiaq further said that FIRs were lodged against 21 lawmakers who held fake degrees and that the names of lawmakers holding fake degrees were uploaded on the election commission website.
The bench adjourned the next hearing over the case until April 8 and advised the election commission to send a notice to the 189 lawmakers, as a last chance, giving them time until April 5 to submit their educational certificates for verification, failing which they would declared as disqualified.