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MANSEHRA: Former provincial minister Ahmad Hussain Shah on Monday moved the Election Commission of Pakistan seeking the unseating of his rival andPML-N MPA Mian Ziaur Rehman over the Supreme Court’s lifetime office ban against him for possessing a fake seminary certificate.

“My lawyer Iftikhar Gilani has submitted an application to the ECP for the disqualification of Mian Ziaur Rehman as lawmaker as the Supreme Court had upheld last month the Peshawar High Court’s Jan 2017 decision to disqualify him for holding a public office for life in a fake seminary degree case,” Mr Shah told reporters here.

The former minister said the Supreme Court had dismissed Mr Rehman’s plea against the high court’s disqualification verdict and therefore, the ECP should unseat him as MPA.

Ex-minister claims courts have banned Rehman from holding public office for life

Mr Rehman, who had faced the fake seminary certificate case since his election to the provincial assembly in the 2013 polls, had become MPA from the PK-30 constituency again in the recent general elections.

He had got a stay order from the Supreme Court against the high court’s verdict, which had declared him guilty of evading and concealing educational qualifications.

The court had ruled that the evasive declaration as given in the nomination forms of 2013 and 2008 clearly reflected that in the 2008 nomination form, Mr Rehman’s educational qualification as BA on the basis of a sanad and that, too, Shahadatul Alia, was baseless and fabricated.

OFFICES SEALED: The administration of Oghi tehsil on Monday sealed the offices of a car rental company in Darband area over a violent clash between two groups of transporters.

The drivers of a local wagon service and car rental company attacked each other with clubs and batons over a dispute.

The clash left 10 people from both sides injured, who were shifted to the local hospital.

Assistant commissioner Shabbir Ahmad Aqash and DSP Bashir Khan along with the police showed up and stopped both groups from taking the law into their hands.

Mr Aqash sealed the offices of the car rental company’s offices and said the administration would decide about which company to operate in tehsil.

He warned lawbreakers of strict action.

Published in Dawn, August 28th, 2018