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ECP fails to hear fake degree cases again

08 April, 2012

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had fixed hearing of two fake degree cases for Saturday, but again the forum could not hold it because Aitzaz Ahsan was not available due to engagement of his daughter.

Similarly, former senator Kamran Murtaza, who is a counsel for another MPA from Balochistan, Haji Roziud Din, was also absent due to his commitment in Balochistan before the Supreme Court bench. The next date given to Haji Rozi for hearing of his case is April 25.

On the previous date, hearing could not be held because Aitzaz was indisposed though he appeared before the Election Commission.

An ECP official told our sources, a lawyer appeared before the Election Commission on behalf of the PPP senator and informed it about his preoccupation.

Fake degree cases are now of mere academic interest as the district administration as well as the Police Department show reluctance in pursing the cases referred by the Election Commission. Around 24 cases have so far been referred to the district police officers concerned. Political influence and pecuniary 'incentives' are doing magic for those, who have been proved to be having fake educational degrees.

Meanwhile, the Election Commission set up a coordination cell under Syed Sher Afgan, who would coordinate between the ECP and National Database and Registration Authority for the finalisation of fresh electoral rolls.

A meeting to this effect was held here under Acting Chief Election Commissioner Justice Mian Shakirullah Jan; it was attended, among others, by the four Election Commission members (ECMs) Muhammad Roshan Essani, Riaz Kayani, Fazalur Rehman and Shahzad Akbar Khan.

The forum emphasised that the coordination cell would also remain in constant touch with the four provincial election commissioners to ensure safeguarding the public interest and strict following the criterion laid down in the Electoral Rolls Act, 1974.

The meeting called for prompt redressal of discrepancy in the way of preparation of new electoral rolls, which had entered their most crucial phase.

The acting chief election commissioner contended that all the anomalies and discrepancies should be addressed on war-footing to ensure that not a single voter was not disenfranchised.

The acting chief election commissioner has directed all the ECP Secretariat staff to also report to the office on Sunday, a senior official told this correspondent.

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