ISLAMABAD: Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Vice Chairman and Deputy Paramilitary Leader of PTI said that the disqualification of Ayla Malik from contesting in the NA-71 Mianwali 1 by-elections in July on the grounds that she had a fake degree was a ploy to keep her out of the elections and therefore the election was unfair.
He added that it is the responsibility of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to check this and keep the elections clean and unbiased.
PTI has protested against this and will continue to do so, he said. It has also filed a petition with the ECP and will be providing video evidence in addition to other evidence.
A Lahore High Court Rawalpindi bench election tribunal had declared Ayla Malik ineligible to contest based on the Rawalpindi Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education’s (RBISE) finding that her intermediate (FA) degree was forged in July.
The PTI chairman Imran Khan had previously stated that the candidate’s degree was not fake but was a case of ‘technical lacuna’.