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Degree verification process almost halted
Islamabad, Dec 28: In
clear contempt of the Supreme Court's order, the MPs' degree
verification issue has almost been halted by some leading universities
following covert and overt pressures, including from the federal
education minister who too sees the process as a violation of the
Constitution, writes Ansar Abbasi.
Sardar Assef Ahmad Ali, the
Federal Education Minister, in a letter to the Punjab University weeks
back took the position that he was not answerable to the Higher
Education Commission and warned the University not to undertake this
action, which he said was "without lawful authority and based on a
violation of the Constitution".
Some leading universities like
the Punjab University, Peshawar University and Sindh University are said
to be the three leading institutions that are not cooperating in the
verification process despite unambiguous orders of the Supreme Court of
Pakistan and a reminder of the Election Commission of Pakistan.
of almost 350 MPs are yet to be verified though the process of
verification had started several months back. Initially, the process
started on the initiative of the Chairman National Assembly's Standing
Committee on Education Abid Sher Ali but later the Supreme Court
directed the Election Commission of Pakistan to complete the process at
A senior spokesman of the HEC said here on
Monday that from the very beginning, the commission had started
receiving MPs' degrees from the ECP for verification. The spokesman said
that after the SC's order, the ECP again expected the HEC to complete
the process of degree verification but for the last few months the
concerned universities were not responding.
The ECP, besides
approaching the chairman Senate and speakers of the national and
provincial assemblies, also wrote to the universities for submission of
MPs' degrees for verification by the HEC. However, things have almost
come to a complete halt as almost 350 cases of verification are still
pending. The pending cases include the doubtful BA degree of Prime
Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani's son, Abdul Qadir Gilani, an MPA of the
There are reports of political pressure being
exerted on the universities not to cooperate with the HEC, whose
Chairman Dr Farooq Leghari too was victimised for aggressively pursuing
What however is intriguing is the letter of the
Federal Education Minister Sardar Assef Ahmad Ali, who when approached
by the Punjab University for the same verification process, warned the
Punjab University not to undertake the process.
While the HEC
spokesman confirmed that the universities were clearly told that the
verification process was the consequence of the ECP's initiative, the
education minister questioned as to how the HEC could seek the
verification of MPs' degrees.
In his letter addressed to Dr Zahid
Karim Khan, Controller of Examinations, University of Punjab, on
September 23, the education minister claimed that though he was a strong
supporter of due process and did not consider himself above public
accountability, yet he said: "I am not answerable to the HEC in this or
any other regard. I, therefore, ask you not to undertake this action as
it is without lawful authority and based on a violation of the
Without giving any reference to the Supreme
Court's order or the role of the ECP in the process, he said, "I wish to
query whether the HEC, while intimating the desire that the process of
verification be undertaken, has done as much as to inform the University
of the authority under which they have required the University to
undertake the process of verification."
He added, "Please stand
informed that the only body vested with the authority to scrutinise the
eligibility of an electoral candidate is the Election Commission of
Pakistan (Commission) established under Article 218 of the Constitution
of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, 1973 and in this regard under the
Representation of the Peoples Act 1976, the rules thereunder. Further,
judicial enquiry can also be made into individual cases on the basis of
election petitions, etc. No other executive authority may exercise these
powers and probe into matters pertaining to the honourable members of
the National Assembly of Pakistan, the Senate of Pakistan or the
Assef added: "The HEC most certainly
cannot make any elected member answerable to it or start an exercise
with a view to make any honourable member to submit to their scrutiny.
This would be prejudicial to the doctrine of separation of powers, which
is at the very root of our Constitution. Furthermore, I find it
offensive to the dignity of an elected member that an executive
authority undertakes an action which it is not competent to take and
through that action questions the eligibility of an elected member ex
post facto." Interestingly, in his letter the minister conveniently
overlooked the fact that the whole process of MPs' verification not only
involves the ECP but also the Supreme Court of Pakistan.
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Classes at Peshawar College of Dentistry to start from Jan 3
Peshawar: The Peshawar Medical College has inaugurated its state-of-the-art college
for dentistry where 50 students have been admitted and the classes would
commence from January 3.
Having two separate units —
pre-clinical and clinical, the Peshawar College of Dentistry (PCD) is
equipped with all modern facilities for students and patients.
college administration on Monday hosted lunch to formally inaugurate
the facility. Hosted by Prof Dr Najeebul Haq, head of the PMC and the
group of hospitals attached with it, PCD Principal Dr Farooq and its
dean Prof Dr Talat Firdaus, the lunch was attended by senior professors
of the medical profession and notables of the city.
among them were Prof Dr Sultan Mahmood, Khyber Medical College Principal
Prof Dr Arshad Javed, former dean of Postgraduate Medical Institute
Peshawar Dr Mohammad Iqbal Khalil, the former city district naib nazim
of Peshawar and others.
Dr Najeeb said the
college had tried its best to arrange the most modern facilities for
dental education before opening the college. "We have already started
clinical practice in the facility by providing dental treatment to
patients," he added.
In the pre-clinical unit of the college,
modern laboratories and equipment have been provided to the dental
students. Phantom Head Lab, the laboratory equipped with artificial
tools to train the students before providing treatment to patients, has
also been established. This facility is not available in the public
sector colleges of dentistry, said a doctor who would be teaching at the
Peshawar College of Dentistry.
Dr Talat Firdaus said that a
22-member faculty including professors, associate professors, assistant
professors and senior registrars along with 20 lecturers and 20
technicians and scores of supporting staff has been appointed in the
dentistry college. Another laboratory for the dental education
beginners has been set up in the college to educate and train them about
the instruments and materials used in dental sciences.
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Student's killing 'by police' sparks protest
Bara: The death of a tribal student at the hands of Peshawar Police Friday sparked anger
in his native Jamrud area in Khyber Agency and provoked private
schools' students and local residents to stage a protest and block the
The enraged protesters took the coffin of the
deceased Niaz Ali, a class IX student, from his house in Shakas area
and marched towards Takhta Baig where they put the body on the road for
around one hour. The traffic on the busy road including the Nato supply
convoys was halted and a large number of vehicles were stranded.
protesting students of private schools were carrying placards inscribed
with demands such as seeking judicial inquiry into the killing. The
protesters were chanting slogans against the police officials and
security forces for killing the innocent student.
reporters on the occasion, the deceased's cousin Haya Khan said that a
heavy contingent of security forces and police laid siege to their house
in Shakas area of Jamrud at around 4am and arrested three brothers —
Niaz Ali, Sahir Ali and Khan Mir. He said Sahir Ali and Khan Mir were
released after they were investigated in the vehicles of security forces
parked outside their house.
However, he alleged that Niaz Ali,
who was a class IX student in the Bagram Model School, was shot dead by
the police after a preliminary probe outside his house.
the killing of Niaz Ali, he said the deceased was innocent and was not
involved in any criminal activity. He criticised the police for
extra-judicial killing of his cousin and suggested if Niaz Ali was
wanted to the government the family should have been given prior notice
through political administration.
Principal of the school
Muhammad Hussain said that Niaz Ali was a brilliant student and he had
no links with the militants or criminal groups. He lamented the way
police killed him, saying that if he was wanted to the security forces
the police had no right to kill him without investigating the case.
protesters asked the governor, corps commander Peshawar and chief
justice of the Peshawar High Court to probe the matter and bring to book
those who gave wrong information to the authorities.
peacefully dispersed and opened the road after political administration
officials assured them of full cooperation. According to official
sources, Niaz Ali was wanted to Peshawar Police in connection with the
murder of two policemen who had been killed by unknown armed men in
Phase VII of Hayatabad, Peshawar, a few days back. The news
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