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Fake degree cases face legal challenges

April 05, 2013

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LAHORE: Embattled former National Assembly member Jamshed Dasti has filed an appeal in Lahore High Court, Multan bench against Thursday’s decision by a local court in Muzaffargarh which sentenced him to three years prison in fake degree cases.

Dasti was arrested from outside the courtroom following his sentencing.

District and Sessions Judge Abdur Rehman Niazi announced the verdict which also imposed a fine of Rs 5000 on the former lawmaker.

The former lawmaker had been elected from the Muzaffargarh NA-178 constituency in 2008 and later returned from the same seat in a by-election.

He later resigned as member of the National Assembly in 2010 after the Supreme Court ordered him to present his graduation degree.

Also, Balochistan High Court has over turned the prison sentence given to former federal minister of PPP, Mir Humayun Aziz Kurd in fake degree case today.

Earlier, Humayun Aziz Kurd was awarded one-year imprisonment and Rs5,000 fine by the sessions court of Sibi in a fake degree case.

Judge Sadatullah Bazai announced the verdict after the prosecution proved that Mr Kurd of PPP had submitted a fake degree to the ECP to contest election from the National Assembly constituency NA-267, Kacchi-Jhal Magsi.

Mr Kurd was arrested when he came out of the courtroom

In another fake degree case, the former Punjab Assembly MPA, Amna Buttar on Friday has been declared as proclaimed offender for possession of a fake degree.

A Lahore district session judge has directed the authorities to arrest Buttar and present her in the court.

Moreover, the former provincial minister from Balochistan Mir Ali Madad Jattak was sentenced two years imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 10,000.

Earlier, a local court in Quetta reserved its judgment upon conclusion of hearing over a case pertaining to possession of fake degree against Jattak.

Jattak, belonging to the PPP was elected as a Member of Provincial Assembly from Balochistan’s PB-5 constituency.