Deception, not the BA degree, the issue in upcoming election: SC

Justice Jawwad S Khawaja of Supreme Court (SC) has remarked that not BA degree but deceit is the issue in upcoming elections as degree condition stays no more.

He gave these remarks while presiding over a two members bench of SC during the hearing of fake degree case Wednesday.

Legal advisor to HEC, Abdul Rehman advocate appeared in the court. HEC told the court that Maiza Khan had passed matric and FA without English language.

Wasim Sajjad said she has passed Matric and FA and now BA degree has also been verified.

Justice Jawwad S Khawaja remarked “ degree is no more issue in these elections. Deceit is only the issue.

Wasim Sajjad said original degree has to come from London. “We want time be allowed to us. The objection raised on us is that we have not attached original documents.

Justice Jawwad remarked “you have filed nomination papers. Tell us if Returning Officer (RO) has passed on any order on this count.

Wasim Sajjad said as April 5 was fixed in this regard therefore only copies of certificates and degree have been filed and we could not file original documents. We would have filed original certificate had more time been allowed to us.

Justice Jawwad S Khawaja remarked “this order will be issued by Chief Justice bench as April 5 order was issued by this bench.

The court referred the application by Maiza Khan on extension in time in connection with verification of degree to CJP.

The court disposed of the petition filed by Maulana Ilyas against HEC. HEC told the court that SC had issued orders for verification of degrees till April, 5. “But people are still coming to us what should we do”. Justice Jawwad S Khawaja remarked “ you please resort to Chief Justice bench on this count.