Former MPA to Serve Three Years in Jail

Fake Degree Case: Former MPA to Serve Three Years in Jail

District and session judge awarded a three year sentence in jail and Rs5,000 penalty to former Member Provincial Assembly (MPA) Khalifa Abdul Qayyum on the premise of his fake degree

The court was hearing the cases of the politicians who allegedly hold a fake degree and were disqualified because of it.

The former MPA had appeared in the court in December 2010 and clarified that his degree was issued by an institution that was not recognised by the HEC – something that he was unaware of. He had then requested not to label his degree fake or bogus.

Qayyum had won the elections in 2008 as an independent candidate.

The Higher Education Commission (HEC) on March 29, declared that degrees of 54 politicians are fake and another 189 were yet to be verified.

Around 249 parliamentarians had not submitted their Matric and FA degrees to the commission yet, the election commission secretary said on March 26.

Having a graduation degree is no more a legal requirement to participate in elections, but anyone who is proved of having forged in the past stands disqualified to take part in elections

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