PESHAWAR: The University of Peshawar (UoP) inquiry committee recommended the cancellation of the result of a make-up exam taken by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) MNA Murad Saeed.
The UoP has also held back the degree awarded to the federal legislator.
Murad Saeed, who was elected a member of the National Assembly from Swat in 2013, remained a BS (Hons) student at the Department of Environmental Sciences, UoP from 2005 to 2009.
According to the university administration, however, Murad Saeed has not passed his final examination.
Sources said the Department of Environmental Sciences made special arrangements for Saeed to reappear in exams for two subjects on Mar 2, 2015, after which a detailed marks sheet was issued.
Taking notice of the issue, Vice Chancellor UoP Prof Dr Rasool Jan had constituted a committee headed by the Dean of Numerical and Physical Sciences, Dr Gulzar Khan, to investigate the matter.
Spokesman UoP Akhtar Amin, who is also a member of the committee, told DawnNews that the committee had submitted its report to the vice chancellor.
“The department had conducted the make-up examination in violation of established rules and regulation of the varsity,” stated Amin.
“Without seeking permission from the BS committee, the department cannot arrange make-up exams,” the UoP spokesman added.
The inquiry committee found that the exams were not held in a transparent manner, said the university spokesperson.
Federal Information Minister Pervez Rashid, while commenting on the issue, stated that the “Murad Saeed case has revealed the true face of the Tehreek-i-Insaf.”
"The reality of those who give others lessons on morality is evident now", the minister added.
The young MNA, while denying all allegations, has said that he is being penalised for his affiliation with the PTI. He claimed that the university’s vice chancellor was affiliated with the Awami National Party (ANP) and was conspiring to destroy his credibility.
“I have never failed an exam during 16 years of my education,” he said.
Murad Saeed claimed he had been issued passing transcripts by the university ─ which he had brought with him to the press conference held earlier. Despite repeated requests and reminders, however, the university was not issuing him an official degree.
He went on to say that he had been an active and honourable student, and had represented his academic institutions ─ in particular the University of Peshawar ─ in several debating competitions.
“I will go to court over the matter and until I am declared innocent, I will not represent PTI on any platform,” he said.