Raise Your Voice: Supreme Court Should Take Fake Degree Holders in Parliament to Task.

Posted on April 26, 2010
Filed Under >Naeem Sadiq, Education, Law & Justice
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Isa Daudpota and Naeem Sadiq

A dozen or so of these unworthy parliamentarians have been already disqualified on grounds of fake degrees. Many more continue to be our MNAs and MPAs.

Even though the Constitution no longer requires any higher education, for how long shall we suffer this national indignity and tolerate these unethical characters?

Why shouldn’t the Supreme Court task the Higher Education Commission (HEC) to verify the degrees of all MNAs and MPAs and get rid of those who entered the legislatures on the basis of deception and fraud?

Regardless of their party, all fake degree holders should be removed and made ineligible for any future elections.

Here is an appeal we have sent to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, requesting suo moto action from the judiciary on this matter.

If you agree with our views and are sufficiently moved, do write a supporting letter to the Supreme Court Chief Justice or a letter to Pakistani newspapers. Let’s all turn the pressure up.

Mr. Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry
Honorable Chief Justice
Supreme Court of Pakistan.

Re: Request to take Suo Moto Notice in the Public Interest against Parliamentarians with Fake Degrees

Dear Sir,

For over a decade there has been a proliferation in the acquisition and use of fake degrees. This unethical practice took a new direction when the government made a bachelor’s degree a requirement for entering parliament. Many parliamentarians, who did not meet the required educational qualifications took the easy route and obtained fake degree certificates.

Several members of the provincial and national assemblies have been exposed by their opponents and media, resulting in them losing their seats. Some 40 of them have been challenged in courts, while many other fake degree holders continue to retain their parliamentary seats.

The new law has removed the degree requirement. This however does not mean that those who used deception in the past should either continue to be our lawmakers or be allowed to contest forthcoming elections or bye-elections.

The interest of Pakistan and the common interest of all citizens is seriously compromised by law-makers who indulge in such unethical and fraudulent practices.

We therefore appeal to the Supreme Court to order the Higher Education Commission (HEC) to urgently verify the authenticity of the educational qualifications of all parliamentarians. The HEC is mandated to perform this task and to maintain educational standards in the country.

Those found to have used fake documents to enter parliament may be removed from parliament and disqualified from entering this honorable body again.


Isa Daudpota & Naeem Sadiq

Editor’s Note: This was also published at TeethMaestro’s blog.

25 responses to “Raise Your Voice: Supreme Court Should Take Fake Degree Holders in Parliament to Task.”

  1. Umar Shah says:

    Kiya? muluk ko jahil aur jhootay loag chala rahay hain? this is happening in the Islamic Republic of the Pure? Astaghfirullah!

  2. Hira Mir says:

    I am glad someone Is taking notice of this. Two things are destroying the future of the country. That is terrorism Taliban mindset and Corruption. All other problems branch out of these two I believe. If we could finish these two we could win our peace back!

  3. Shakeel says:

    I am in support!

  4. I am in total support of this initiative. Pakistan has become a joke all over the world with this kind of nonsense. If we are a democratic country then we should act like one and raise our voice to this kind of issue. Frankly I am surprised that the constitution no longer requires higher education.

    And here lies the issue, how can you remove some one if constitution does not require it? Hmm… should we not lobby for bringing the change in the constitution?
    Any how, I am in support of this initiative and am tweeting about it.

  5. Jabbar says:

    This is not about education. This is about LYING. That is an offense and that is why the Supreme Court is the right place for this.

    Habitual cheats and liars, like the Jahil Online Aamer Liquat guy should be not just debarred but PUNISHED for lying. He still goes around calling himself a doctor when he is not. That is LYING. Now most molvis are liars, but this guy takes the cake.

    being an idiot is not a crime. Lying under oath IS. That is why they should be punished.

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