Ten lawmakers summoned to ECP for degree verification

Election Commission of Pakistan is issuing notices to 10 Parliamentarians to appear before the Special Committee for verification of their degrees, Election Commission Spokesperson Afzal Khan told APP Thursday.

These Parliamentarians include Senator Nawabzada Muhammad Akbar, Senator Wali Muhammad and ex-Senator Dr Israr Shah, Maulvi Agha Muhammad (NA-261) and Haji Madad Ali Jaddak (PS-5), Nawabzada Mir Nadir Magsi (PS-40), Kishore Kumar (Reserved Seat PKP), Khalifa Abdul Qayyum (PK-64), Saima Aziz (Reserved Seat Punjab) and Abdul Samad Akhunzada (PK-7).

Some of these parliamentarian are availing more than one chances as the ECP issued them notices to appear earlier as well but they could not turn up due to one reason or the other.

Now the Election Commission is again issuing them notices for September 23 for appearance before the Commission and explain their position on charges of fake degrees levelled by the Higher Education Commission.

“We have provided them opportunities to explain their situation and anybody not availing these opportunities, will face legal proceedings,” said Afzal Khan.

“Anybody not appearing before the Committee shall be deemed that he or she has not anything to prove in his favor,” he added.

The Committee has already convened three of its meetings on August 23, August 30 and September 06 to provide these members an opportunity to explain their position.

But, during first two meetings these MPs avoided appearance on one excuse or other but with given more opportunities now their representatives or lawyers have started appearing before it.

During, its meeting as well MPA Kishore Kumar showed up and explained his position.

The Supreme Court had directed the ECP, “to initiate action against all such persons who are accused of commission of corrupt practices of committing forgery and using as genuine, the documents which they knew are at least had reason to believed to be forged.”

The Supreme Court had also directed, “the Election Commission shall ensure that the investigations in these matters are conducted honestly, efficiently and expeditiously and shall depute one of its senior officials to supervise the same.”