Higher Education Commission degrees varification
29 down, 511 safe, says HEC
Islamabad, July 14: After weeks-long scrutiny, the Higher Education
Commission (HEC) announced on Tuesday that at least 29 of the 511
lawmakers whose record had been checked so far had lied about their
However, the HEC did not name the
legislators whose educational documents were found to be fake or
forged. The commission said it wanted to be doubly sure before
releasing the names of any wrongdoers.
Assembly's Standing Committee on Education, headed by Chaudhry Abid
Sher Ali of Pakistan Muslim League-N, had tasked the commission with
verifying the educational qualifications of 1,170 members of the Senate
and National and provincial assemblies, copies of whose educational
testimonials were subsequently sent to it for verification.
Some 936 of these copies were found to be legible, whose scrutiny was
undertaken by the commission. (The lawmakers whose degree copies were
not legible have since been asked to submit legible copies.)
"So far the commission has received verification reports on the degrees
of 511 lawmakers, belonging to 29 universities. Of this number,
academic certificates of 29 lawmakers have turned out to be false," the
commission's adviser on quality assurance and learning innovation, Dr
Syed Mahmood Raza, said on Tuesday, the day by which the verification
process was supposed to be completed.
Dr Raza, who heads the
three-member committee supervising the scrutiny work, said in all 36
degree-awarding institutions were involved in the process. "We hope the
seven institutions that are yet to send us reports will do so soon," he
"By the 16th of July the HEC will have the outcome of the entire exercise. After that a formal announcement will be made."
Dr Raza said that among the major institutions that were yet to submit
their reports were University of Punjab, University of Balochistan,
Allama Iqbal Open University, Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai University and
University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar.
repeatedly asked about the names of the 29 legislators who had lied
about their educational qualifications, Dr Raza said the issue was a
sensitive one and extra care was being taken before releasing the names
of legislators who had indulged in wrongdoing.
He said the scrutiny work was being carried out for a second time for all lawmakers.
Dr Raza denied that the HEC was under pressure from the government over the matter. Dawn
"while verification for authentication of mbbs or bds degrees by HEC/PMDC are much appreciated and have become a major concern by all citizens. It will also help to uplift the declined standard of medical practices in health care. I ask the PMDC with utmost concern to commence with the verification of all the registered doctors and dental surgeons in Pakistan to track down these black sleeps from this honorable profession. And to set up strict regulations for the students having acquired abroad degrees. I would also take a chance to propose for setting up a Patients Relation Counter in each health care unit who will be responsible for coordination between Patient and concerned Doctors to avoid any sad incidents which are taking place these days where Doctors are directly blamed without any valid reasons and raising many questions about this noble profession. Thanks a lot"
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HEC facing difficulty in identifying fake degree holders
Lahore: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) is facing a difficulty in
identifying the fake degree holders sitting in parliament and the
provincial assemblies even after sending the degrees for verification
to different universities across the country, learnt on
According to sources in the HEC, the institution is
struggling hard to identify the forged documents because of the
tampering carried out by the fake degree holders, adding that the HEC
is now planning to seek help from the government.
The HEC is
facing complications in this regard due to similar names written in the
universities' records, and the varsities have no method of
distinguishing one from the other.
Sources from the HEC said that there are a number of parliamentarians who purchased
degrees or tampered university records with the help of "corrupt
officials" in the varsity's "secrecy branch". They further said that
these parliamentarians, with the help of the corrupt officials,
bargained with the real degree holders and obtained ownership of the
degrees, adding that in some cases they even tampered with the
university records, making it almost "impossible" for the HEC now to
identify the fake degree holders.
According to the sources,
there have been a number of cases where corruption due to similarity in
names was revealed, but it was done only and when the opponent
candidates identified and complained against the fake degree holders,
while the HEC has no proper procedure to identify the fake degree
Matriculation and Intermediate: They said that such
fake degree holders could possibly not be identified without the
verification of their matriculation and Intermediate certificates as
well, adding that the HEC was now weighing the option of checking these
certificates of the parliamentarians.
PU Controller of
Examinations Zahid Karim Khan said that he had highlighted
this issue of 'similar names' in the very beginning.
report: Separately, the PU sent a verification report of about 217
degrees of parliamentarians to the Higher Education Commission (HEC) on
Tuesday, out of which six degrees have been declared bogus.
said that 11 degrees of senators, 55 degrees of MNAs and 15 degrees of
MNAs – elected against reserved seats have been found genuine.
Similarly, 97 degrees of directly elected Punjab Assembly members and
28 degrees of MPAs elected against reserved seats have been found
genuine while degrees of five MPAs elected against reserved seats have
been declared bogus.
Four degrees of MPAs belonging to the
Khyber Pakhtunkha Assembly were found authentic, whereas one degree of
an MPA of the KP Assembly has been declared fake.
said that the varsity has returned the photocopies of eight
parliamentarians' degrees to the HEC, owing to their vagueness and
He said that out of the 313 degrees sent to the
PU by the HEC, only 89 degrees remain to be verified. The verification
report regarding these remaining degrees will be sent to the HEC as
soon as possible, he added.
A spokesman from the PU said that
the entire record relating to the 313 degrees is available with the PU
Examinations Branch. However, the number of degrees of parliamentarians
supplied to the PU is far greater than the degrees sent to the other
universities across the country. In addition, the verification of
parliamentarians' degrees is a highly sensitive and responsible
Therefore, the special committee constituted by PU
Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran, is minutely scrutinising the
record of these degrees to confirm their authenticity. He said that the
vice chancellor has appreciated the hard work put in by the committee
members in order to verify the degrees for authenticity. Daily times
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HEC Chairman's brother sent on judicial remand
Hyderabad: Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) Tuesday
presented DCO Tando Allahyar Farooq Leghari, brother of Chairman HEC
Javaid Leghari, in the court and obtained a four-day judicial remand on
the charges of corruption and embezzlement.
ACE Chairman Mushtaq
Shah said Farooq Leghari was accused of corruption involving Rs 300
million during his tenure as DCO Tando Allahyar.
media obtained a clarification from the ACE that Leghari had not been
arrested, but interestingly, the ACE presented him before the court
over the corruption charges.
The corruption charges against Farooq
Leghari are levelled at a time, when his elder brother, HEC chairman,
is going to announce the names of fake degree holders sitting in the
assemblies while HEC is under severe pressure from the federal and
provincial govts and several sitting MPs to stop the ongoing exercise
of degrees verification.
According to a private TV channel, no
permission has been sought from the chief secretary Sindh for Leghari's
arrest, which is mandatory for detaining a Grade-19 officer. However,
an FIR against has been filed after his detention, as ACE disclosed his
On the other hand, HEC Chairman Javaid Leghari said his brother was awaiting the posting orders these days. The nation
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Doctors fake degrees score reaches 38
Islamabad: After finding degrees of 31 'doctors' and 'dentists'
to be fake during verification over last one month, the Pakistan
Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) has tracked down seven more
individuals, including a woman, practising medicine in the country with
fake or forged registration certificates. Ironically, some of them are
serving in government-run health facilities.
Having struck names
of these fake or forged degree-holders off the list of registered
medical practitioners, the council has recommended strict action, which
may be fine, imprisonment or both under the PMDC Ordinance 1962, by the
executive district officers concerned against them.
foundation in 1962, the PMDC has a proper department where those
wanting to practice medicine and dentistry in the country submit their
degrees and certificates for verification. Once the degrees are
verified, the council formally allows doctors and dentists to practice.
In September 2009, the PMDC moved beyond its role of verifying
degrees on receipt. In a bid to ensure lawful practice of medicine and
dentistry, it wrote to the heads of the country's all public and
private healthcare facilities to send copies of the degrees and PMDC
registration certificates of the doctors and dentists working under
them for free verification.
A special 'Central Verification
Unit' was also put in place to check genuineness of the medical and
dental practitioners' credentials submitted. And as the degrees and
registration certificates began coming in though very late, the unit
got functional and commenced scrutiny of the documents received.
the process, the unit found many degrees and PMDC registration
certificates to be fake or forged, prompting cancellation of their
On April 23, names of five fake doctors
including Qamar Elahi (Punjab), Ashraf Javed (Punjab), Muhammad
Sikandar Hayat (Punjab), Kareem Bukhsh (Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa) and
Muhammad Aslam (Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa) were removed from the PMDC
register, while on June 7, registration of 26 more individuals was
cancelled for their being in possession of foreign medical and dental
degrees, mostly from Kyrgyzstan. Among these were Syed Kamal Raza (fake
MD degree from Russia), Noman Gul (fake MD degree from Kyrgyz
Republic), Nusrat Fatima (fake MD degree from Kyrgyz Republic),
Jahanzeb (fake MD degree from Afghanistan), Navid Ahmad (fake MD degree
from Kyrgyzstan), Shanul Haq (fake MD degree from Philippines), Adnan
Aurangzeb (fake MD degree from Kazakhstan), Gul Nawaz Khan (fake MD
degree from Kyrgyzstan), Mumtaz Shaukat (fake MD degree from
Kyrgyzstan), Farooq Saleem Khan (without certificates), Sajad Ahmad
(fake MD degree from Kyrgyzstan), Jamshed Sikandar (fake degree of sub
course of medicine from Osh State University), Robina Anwar Shah (fake
MD degree from Kyrgyzstan), Omar Jalal (fake MD degree from Russia),
Faisal Shah (fake MD degree from Kyrgyzstan), Iftikhar Ahmad (fake MD
degree from Kyrgyz Republic), Muhammad Zubair (fake MD degree from
Afghanistan), Abdullah (fake MD degree from Kyrgyzstan), Muhammad
Ishtiaq Saburi (fake MD degree from Kyrgyzstan), Noor Muhammad Khan
(fake MD degree from Kyrgyzstan), Islam Khan (fake MD degree from
Afghanistan), Shagufta Ambreen (fake MD degree from Kyrgyz Republic),
Saghir Almas (fake MD degree from Kyrgyzstan), Rehan Israr (fake MD
degree from Kyrgyzstan), Muhammad Awais (fake MD degree from
Kyrgyzstan) and Muhammad Imran Aslam (fake MD degree from Kyrgyz
There followed a request by the council to Federal
Investigation Agency for investigation against these fake doctors and
dentists, who claimed to have obtained degrees between 2000 and 2006.
now during the verification of the degrees sent in by the government's
health facilities and EDOs, the PMDC has found seven individuals
practising medicine at private and government facilities while using
either fake registration certificates or those issued to legal medical
Documents available with this scribe show that
the PMDC registration certificates of the following individuals are
fake or forged: Nasir Mahmood s/o Muhammad Siddique of Wazirabad
(Gujrat) (No 18586-S) currently working in Narowal; Iqtidar Hussain s/o
Imdad Hussain of Orangi Town, Karachi (No 17603-S) currently working at
a private hospital; Bibi Hajira d/o Bahader Sher of Bagh-e-Aram, Mardan
(7642-N) currently working at People's Primary Health Care Initiative's
District Support Unit Mardan; Zulqarnain Jahangir s/o Muhammad
Jahanagir Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Rahim Yar Khan, (No 52346-P) currently
working at Sheikh Zayed Hospital, Rahim Yar Khan; Anjum Zia s/o Ziuddin
Warraich of Golarchi, Badin, (No 68979-5) currently running a private
clinic in Golarchi, and Aamir Ali Siddiqui (No 34487-S) and Tariq
Zaheer (No 28944-S) both working at Punjab Rural Support Programme's
District Support Unit, Pakpattan Sharif. The council has asked the EDOs
concerned for appropriate legal action against the fake doctors
Besides these cases, 42 doctors and dentists with
suspicious degrees and registration certificates have also been found
out. They have been asked by the council to re-submit attested copies
of their documents along with two pictures for verification.
numbers of the said doctors and dentists, whose names are not
available, are 14927-N, 15575-N, 15661-N, 15724-N, 15751-N, 15865-N,
15868-N, 15918-N, 15940-N, 15948-N, 15988-N, 15387-N, 15412-N, 15422-N,
15438-N, 15440-N, 15441-N, 15445-N, 15446-N, 15447-N, 15448-N, 15449-N,
15452-N, 15560-N, 15491-N, 15493-N, 9033-D, 13075-N, 13115-N, 13125-N,
13144-N, 13357-N, 13432-N, 13451-N, 13456-N, 13476-N, 12095-N, 12287-N,
12310-N, 12332-N, 12332-N and 52003-P.
It is also learnt that
the PMDC has developed an online degree registration system, which,
according to an official, will help people know if doctors or dentists
they consult are genuine and licensed and thus, checking quackery.
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Khairpur varsity officials summoned over fake degree issue
Sukkur: The Sindh High Court, Bench Sukkur, has summoned vice-chancellor,
controller, inspector of colleges and registrar of the Shah Abdul Latif
University, Khairpur, on July 22 in a fake degree petition. Court
sources said that Mir Khan Mahar in the High Court Bench at Sukkur
filed a petition against PPP MPA Jam Ikramullah Dharejo, in which he
maintained that Dharejo had acquired a fake Sunnad-ul-Firaq degree from
a Madrassa and later the Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur, issued
an equivalence to graduation (BA) degree in his favour. Sources said
the university officials had been summoned with the testimonial copies
with signature of the vice-chancellor. The news
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