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Institutions issuing fake degrees

'Institutions issuing fake degrees should be taken to task'
Islamabad, Aug 02: Balochistan Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Sadiq Umrani has said that emergence of the degree issue at this stage is a ploy against democracy.

In an informal chat, the PPP minister admitted that obtaining a fake degree was a crime but questioned as to why the issue was being blown out of proportion at the moment. He pointed out that the degree condition was no more relevant.

When asked should not those who cheated their voters by securing counterfeit degrees and committed perjury be exposed, the minister replied in affirmative but insisted that democratic institutions should not be made a scapegoat.

The minister pointed out that the institutions, groups of persons who had been involved in issuing fake degrees and then the staff of the Election Commission of Pakistan should also be taken to task for their ignorance or negligence at the time of filing of nomination papers.

He said democracy in the country was yet to mature and this would take time. But that did not mean that the functioning of an elected government was impeded, he said. Many petitions, he recalled, were filed challenging legislators' educational credentials since the 2002 elections. However, due to one reason or the other, the process had been slow, he added.

He recalled that at the time of filing nomination papers in 2002, he had challenged the degree of Abdul Ghafoor Lehri. However, an election tribunal had allowed him to take part in the election, the minister said. Lehri not only won from PB-29, Naseerabad-IV, on the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid ticket but also became the minister for industries and commerce.

Umrani then filed a petition in the Balochistan High Court, pleading that on the basis of possessing a fake degree, Lehri be disqualified and he be notified as a returned candidate. Instead, the BHC ordered re-election in the constituency.

The matter then landed in the Supreme Court, which held some hearings but in the meantime the then assembly completed its term. The provincial minister wondered what was the fate of that case now. This correspondent tried to approach Lehri but his residence telephone was found disconnected, whereas, he did not attend the mobile phone.

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HEC wants NA body to move SC against Sindh University
Islamabad: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has decided to tighten the noose around the Sindh University, which is allegedly providing cover to fake degree holders, and ask the National Assembly Standing Committee on Education to move the Supreme Court in this regard, it was learnt reliably.

HEC chairman Javaid Laghari, in his meeting with National Assembly Standing Committee on Education chairman Abid Sher Ali, expressed his dissatisfaction over the verification of degrees by the Sindh University. The Sindh University says 105 degrees out of 108 sent to the university for verification are genuine while the remaining three are fake.

Abid Sher Ali said: "We are waiting for a reply from the HEC chairman after which we will write a letter to the Supreme Court to take action against the vice chancellors who are not cooperating with the Commission in the verification of degrees".

Referring to Sindh University VC Prof Dr Nazir A Mughal, he alleged that the vice chancellor was also involved in financial embezzlement in many cases. "According to our information, 30 to 50 percent degrees verified by the Sindh University are not genuine," Abid Sher added.

He said the VCs like Prof Dr Mughal were destroying the system through their corrupt practices. "He has links with the Presidency and not disclosing the facts regarding fake degrees due to pressure from the government," he said. According to Abid Sher Ali, the VCs who were not providing accurate information to the HEC were involved in contempt of court.

However, HEC Quality Assurance Adviser Dr Mahmood Raza, while talking to this reporter, denied that the verification process of the Sindh University was unsatisfactory. "The first batch of 108 degrees has been completed, and now we have sent 13 more degrees in the second batch, and nine in the third batch," he said. The news

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QAU budget for year 2010-11 approved
Islamabad: A meeting of Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU) Syndicate held here under the chairmanship of QAU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Masoom Yasinzai.

The meeting approved the recommendations made by selection board and academic council.

It also approved unanimously university's budget for the financial year 2010-11.

The meeting discussed almost 80 agenda items in detail and took important policy decisions. Daily times

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Students seek affiliation of medical college with PMDC
Peshawar: The students of Bannu Medical College have demanded of the government to help affiliate the college with the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council and remove unrest among the students.

In a joint statement, issued in Peshawar on Saturday, the students said that they had been protesting since May 13 to get the college affiliated with the PMDC but to no avail.

The students said they had met all the relevant authorities including Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Ameer Haider Khan Hoti, Health Minister Syed Zahir Ali Shah and opposition leader Mohammad Akram Khan Durrani and all of them had promised to support them but their promises could not be materialised.

They said that the provincial government which always claimed to be followers of the non-violence philosophy of Bacha Khan was now compelling the students to turn violent for acceptance of their demands.

"We have already apprised the concerned people of our demands but no one is serious to help us and now all the options are open to us for the purpose," they said and added that in case of any loss as a result of protests the entire responsibility would rest with the government. Dawn

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Stranded students seek evacuation
Batkhela: Hundreds of students belonging to various parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were stranded in Malakand University for the last four days as the bridge over Swat River linking Chakdarra with Batkhela was washed away by the floods.

Talking from Malakand University by phone, Aizaz Hussain, a student of the department of Economics hailing from Mardan district, said they had been stuck in the university for the last four days as the bridge at Chakdarra had been swept away.

He said about 1,200 students were stranded on the university campus where the canteen owner had raised the charges of food as he didn't have much to provide to students due to lack of supplies. He urged the government to provide them relief supplies to cope with the situation. Pleading anonymity, another student said: "The rescue teams have done nothing for the affected people of the area," adding that he saw four persons jumping in the river Swat in front of the army personnel to cross the flooded river and were swept away. He alleged that two helicopters came to Chakdarra but only privileged persons were airlifted to safer places.

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LLB exam distinction
Peshawar: Hira Nawaz Mohmand, a student of Khyber Law College, University of Peshawar, stood first in the annual examination of LLB Part-I by securing 503 marks. She attributed her success to her hard work, guidance by the teachers and prayers of her parents. Hira is the daughter of Muhammad Nawaz Khan Mohmand, finance director of Sarhad Development Authority. The news

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