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Degrees of seven lawmakers found fake, says HEC
Islamabad, Oct 01: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has found seven
more lawmakers to be holding invalid degrees. The fresh list handed
over to the Election Commission on Thursday includes names of four
members of the National Assembly, two of the Sindh Assembly and one of
the Punjab Assembly.
Those in the new list include MNAs
Muhammad Riaz (NA-118), Mian Javed Latif (NA-133), Syed Amir Ali Shah
(NA-221), Dewan Syed Ashaq Bukhari (NA-153), Punjab Assembly member
Iftikhar Ahmed Khan (PP-81) and two Sindh Assembly members elected on
reserved seats for minorities - Pitambiar Sewani and Mukesh Kumar.
The fifth hearing of fake/invalid degrees of six MNAs and MPAs was held
on Thursday by Muhammad Afzal Khan, the Nominated Officer of Election
Of the four members summoned to appear, two turned
up while the others remained absent. Former federal minister Yar
Muhammad, who is now the only opposition member in the 65-member
Balochistan Assembly, and Mir Ahmeddan Khan, an MNA from NA-265, did not
appear. The committee decided to re-issue them notices for Oct 11.
Shakeel Ahmed appeared on behalf of Shama Parveen Magsi (PB-Reserved
Seat) and stated that his client is abroad and will be back after three
weeks. The next date will be fixed later.
Mr Kashif Hussain, the
representative of Shaukat Aziz (PP-4), told the committee the MPA was
busy in flood relief activities and, therefore, his case may be
adjourned. The committee fixed Oct 11 for the next hearing. Dawn
"respected staff! i m poor student and my house area is flood effected plz help me."
Name: ahmad fraz
"It has been the worst luck of Election Commission of Pakistan that it is not able to take any action against these fake degree holders.When exposed, they are given the nomination papers again like Jamshed Dastis case. You are strong against the weak and weak against the strong..... seems just like that. A helpless Election Officer Election Commission Of Pakistan"
Name: Mr Ali Shahab
City, Country: London. Home town Rawalpindi.
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Fake degrees issue may soon land in SC
Islamabad: After failing to get Parliament's support and finding the
government non-serious to cleanse the august elected Houses from fake
degree holders, the Chairman, NA Committee on Education, is considering
to knock the doors of the Supreme Court.
On the other side, the
equally frustrated Higher Education Commission, whose repeated calls to
the legislators for submission of required record have been frustrated
by the indifferent MPs, is also considering to refer all such cases to
the Election Commission of Pakistan.
Things regarding the
parliamentarians, holding fake degrees, have slowed down to an extent
where there is hardly seen any progress, and it seems as if the
authorities despite clear-cut decision of the apex court would allow
such fraudsters to complete their term.
The Supreme Court of Pakistan
had directed the Election Commission of Pakistan to proceed against
such fake degree holders without any unnecessary delay, but the ECP has
yet to proceed against even a single MP, whose fake or invalid degree
has already been confirmed by the authority concerned-the HEC.
view of this situation, the Chairman, NA Committee on Education, Abid
Sher Ali, is considering to approach the Supreme Court to push the
authorities for early implementation of the apex court's decision
besides bringing pressure on the defiant parliamentarians to make them
submit their degrees and certificates.
Abid Sher Ali said that he has already started consultation process to file a petition
before the Supreme Court. "If the things do move in a week time, I will
formally approach the Supreme Court," he said, adding that he is not
satisfied with the pace with which the Election Commission is proceeding
with these cases.
The NA Committee chairman said that despite
pressure from parliamentarians and even threats that he is receiving
from some of the MPs, he would not deter from pursuing the objective of
cleansing Parliament from fake degree holders. Abid Sher Ali said that
he has been conveyed a life threat allegedly from an MP from
Balochistan, whose degree is considered fake.
In its order, the SC
said that if it is not incumbent upon the Election Commission, in
discharge of its constitutional obligations to guard against corrupt
practices, to launch prosecution of persons who stood accused of the
commission of the same. Needless to say that punishment and consequent
disqualification of such-like persons would not be an act under-mining
the dignity and the majesty of the Houses of Legislature but an act in
aid of enhancing the same.
The court directed the Election Commission
to initiate action against all such persons who are accused of
commission of corrupt practices; of committing forgery and of using, as
genuine, documents which they knew or at least had reason to believe to
"The Election Commission shall ensure that the
investigations in these matters are conducted honestly, efficiently and
expeditiously and shall depute one of its senior officers to supervise
the same," said the order, which was issued on June 14, but despite the
lapse of over three month not even a single MP holding fake degree have
been proceeded against.
The HEC has already declared 57 MPs
possessing fake or invalid degrees and sent their names to the ECP for
action. However, cases of 443 MPs are still pending as they are not
submitting their educational certificates despite repeated reminders.
These cases, it is expected, would be referred to the ECP next week with
the request by the HEC that the ECP should obtain the required degrees
and certificates from the concerned MPs for verification by the HEC.
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PEEF approves 50 scholarships for deserving students
Islamabad: The Executive Committee of the Punjab Educational Endowment
Fund (PEEF) has approved allocation of 50 scholarships each for
talented and deserving students wishing to pursue Associate Degree in
Education (AED) from GCET Faisalabad and GCET Dera Ghazi Khan.
scholarship quota for Pre-STEP Lahore for the year 2010-11 has been
approved in the wake of a request for joint collaboration between
Pre-STEP and PEEF for award of scholarships under the newly proposed
three-year AED programme leading to B.Ed. (Hons.) elementary degree.
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that details the terms and conditions
governing award of scholarships, selection criteria, and the
scholarship disbursement processes is currently being fine-tuned to
formalize the grant of scholarships.
In August this year,
USAID/Pre-STEP launched the two-year ADE and four-year B.Ed. (Hons.)
elementary degree programmes in joint collaboration with the Higher
Education Commission and the Ministry of Education. The newly introduced
degree programmes will help Pakistan set a new standard for teacher
education and produce better qualified teachers. The Pre-Service Teacher
Education Program (Pre-STEP) is a five-year (2008-2013), US $ 75
million programme funded and supported by USAID as part of its
assistance to the government of Pakistan in support of its goals of
improved classroom teaching. The news
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Varsity students from flood-hit area want fee refund
Peshawar: Students from flood-hit areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
have asked the government to order refund of their admission and hostel
fee, as they have suffered huge losses and their parents can not bear
their educational expenses.
"Our home and a shop run by my
father were completely destroyed in floods. My father doesn't have money
to support my expenses on education," said Jamal Khan from Charsadda.
When contacted, a university official said that they had already issued
forms to the students of flood-hit areas concerning remission or refund
of admission and hostel fee.
The form filled in by the students
from 10 flood-hit districts of the province could be submitted to the
university after its verification from the district coordination
Atif Khan Muhammadzai, a resident of Charsadda, said
that every student had deposited about Rs50,000 as hostel and admission
fee before flooding. He feared that he might quit education halfway if
he was not refunded the amount.
Nauman Khan of Nowshera
district said that they wanted the government to treat them at par with
the students of Swat, who had been refunded their fee following military
operation there," he said.
There are about 10,000 students
from flood-hit areas at the University of Peshawar, University of
Engineering and Technology, Agricultural University and Islamia College
University (chartered), who deserved to be refunded their fee, a senior
official at the campus said.
He said that they were in the
process of collecting data about the affected students and would contact
the government in this regard later on. Dawn
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