Supreme Court to hear case regarding DG NAB Lahore's 'fake degree' on November 12

Updated November 09, 2018


NAB Lahore DG is accused of holding a fake degree. — File
NAB Lahore DG is accused of holding a fake degree. — File

The Supreme Court will hear on November 12 a case regarding an alleged 'fake degree' held by Shahzad Saleem the National Accountability Bureau's (NAB) director general for Lahore.

The matter of Saleem's degree was brought up in the apex court last year during the hearing of a suo motu case on alleged illegal appointments within NAB.

The petitioner, journalist Asad Kharal, had claimed that Saleem's master's degree transcript from 2002 is in the Calibri font, which was not commercially available until five years later.

Following an internal probe, the corruption watchdog had deemed Shahzad's degree genuine and cleared him of any wrongdoing.

The case, however, is still in the apex court, which announced today that a three-member bench under Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar will hear the case on Monday (Nov 12).

The court also issued a notice to petitioner Asad Kharal.

The authenticity of DG NAB Lahore's degree was also brought up during Geo News' late-night show 'Aaj Shahzaib Khanzada Key Saath' on Thursday.

The NAB official, whose recent spree of appearances on talks shows has infuriated former PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and also caught the NAB chairman's notice, told Khanzada that the reporter who broke the story regarding his degree had already apologised to him upon being proven wrong.

Minutes later on the same show, the reporter rejected Saleem's claim and clarified that he stands by his story and has not apologised to the NAB official.