Madrassa degrees not equivalent to graduation, govt tells SC
ISLAMABAD, Oct 31,: The government told the Supreme Court on Tuesday that
degrees awarded by madrassas were not equivalent to graduation, therefore the
Election Commission's July 29, 2002 notification permitting madrassa-degree
holders to contest the elections was invalid.
A three-member bench, headed by
Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, heard petitions on Tuesday challenging
the validity of madrassa degrees held by parliamentarians, most of whom belong
to the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA). "The Higher Education Commission (HEC)
accepted the madrassa degrees only for teaching purposes, while declaring that
clerics would have to pass two optional and compulsory subjects each to attain
BA equivalence certificates," Deputy Attorney General (DAG) Sardar Muhammad
Ghazi told the Supreme Court.
The chief justice asked the DAG if he knew the
repercussion of his statement. Ghazi responded by saying he was just stating the
government's stance on the matter. No one was present in the courtroom to defend
the respondents. Upon the completion of the hearing, the Supreme Court reserved
judgment. Sixty-eight parliamentarians including seven senators of the MMA
possess madrassa degrees. Many madrassa degree holders from other parties
contested the 2002 elections. Daily Times
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