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Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz lawmaker loses seat over fake degree

Islamabad: A lawmaker in Pakistan was disqualified for holding a fake graduation degree, a media report said Friday.Qaimos Khan of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), member of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assembly, was disqualified by the
IANS January 10, 2014 12:17 IST
IANS
Islamabad: A lawmaker in Pakistan was disqualified for holding a fake graduation degree, a media report said Friday.

Qaimos Khan of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), member of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assembly, was disqualified by the election tribunal Thursday for forging his graduation degree, the Dawn newspaper reported.

The tribunal also ordered the Election Commission to conduct re-election in the constituency, the report added.

An election petition was filed by Awami National Party (ANP) candidate Haider Ali, challenging Qaimos Khan's election.

The petitioner claimed that Qaimos Khan had mentioned in his nomination papers in 2008 elections that he was a graduate as at that time, the condition was mandatory for contesting elections, but produced a forged graduation degree of the Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan, according to the Dawn report.

Appearing for the petitioner, lawyer Waqar Ahmad contended that Qaimos Khan did his matriculation in 1962 and passed intermediate examination in Quetta in 2005.

He said that interestingly within a year, the lawmaker did his graduation from the Bahauddin Zakariya University in 2006.