PPP Candidate Summoned Over ‘Fake Degree’
A THREE-member election tribunal of the Lahore High Court on Monday sought personal appearance of Amir Yar Waran, a former MNA and PPP candidate for NA-184 Bahawalpur by-election in connection with an appeal against the accepting his nomination paper.
On Monday Mr Waranís counsel requested the tribunal to adjourn the hearing but the judges turned down his plea and ordered him to ensure Waranís appearance on Tuesday as they wanted him to answer certain questions.
The tribunal, comprising Justice Manzoor Ahmad Malik, Justice Ch Muhammad Tariq and Justice Sheikh Ahmad Farooq, also directed the Election Commission to produce the copy of the Supreme Court verdict through which the apex court had directed it to take action against Waran.
Mr Waran had resigned from the NA-184 Bahawalpur seat to avoid an adverse decision from the the Supreme Court because of his controversial bachelorís degree. The Supreme Court, however, had directed the Election Commission of Pakistan to initiate action against Waran for his fake degree while the PPP awarded him a party ticket for the by-election scheduled for August 25.
The tribunal had also issued notices to Waran and the returning officer (RO) for August 2 and ordered the publication of court notice in newspapers at the expense of the appellant and its communication through radio and television.
The tribunal passed the order on the petition of Muhammad Jamil, also a candidate from NA-184, who had challenged acceptance of Waranís nomination papers by the RO for the by-election. The petitioner through his counsel Aftab Bajwa argued that Waran contested the general election in 2002 as an independent candidate and won it and later joined the Pakistan People’s Party. He said the respondent had submitted his bachelor’s degree obtained from Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur, Sindh, which was subsequently declared as forged. Thereafter, the respondent submitted his admission form for appearing in bachelorís examination from the Islamia University, Bahawalpur, and instead of appearing himself another person appeared on his behalf in the examination, he said, adding that the impersonator was caught red-handed and the respondent was debarred from appearing in subsequent three examinations and a fine of Rs2,000 was also imposed on him besides registration of a criminal case. He said order of the Islamia University was never assailed by the respondent before any forum and as such it attained finality.
The petitionerís counsel said that the respondent got a degree of bachelor from the Balochistan University, Quetta, which was subsequently cancelled and the objections were raised before the RO at the time of scrutiny of the nomination papers of the respondent but ge rejected the objections in a slipshod manner and accepted the nomination papers of the respondent.