Enough is enough, no cor­rupt el­e­ments to be al­lowed to go to par­lia­ment: CJP

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Supreme Court of Pak­istan has di­rected Elec­tion Com­mis­sion (EC) to ini­ti­ate pro­ceed­ings against fake de­gree hold­ers within two days as per law be­sides sum­mon­ing de­tails of the cases against fake de­gree hold­ers from sub­or­di­nate courts.

A 3-mem­ber bench of SC headed over by the Chief Jus­tice of Pak­istan (CJP) Iftikhar Chaudhry took up for hear­ing fake de­gree im­ple­men­ta­tion case Tues­day.

Chief Jus­tice Pak­istan (CJP) Iftikhar Chaudhry re­marked “no one should re­main un­der any delu­sion. Those con­test­ing the elec­tion will be sub­jected to all types of scru­tiny. Why the ac­tion has not been taken against the fake de­gree hold­ers so far. No other mat­ter can be of more pub­lic in­ter­est than this. As to why names of can­di­dates are not be­ing pub­lished. Vot­ers should have all in­for­ma­tion about their re­spec­tive can­di­dates. Enough is enough. No cor­rupt el­e­ments will be al­lowed to go to par­lia­ment. Fake de­gree hold­ers have not only de­ceived the na­tion but also they have made mock­ery

of of their man­date. Such el­e­ments don’t de­serve for any le­niency”.

Sec­re­tary EC Ish­tiaq Ah­mad ap­peared in the court on be­half of EC and he told the court ac­tion was un­der­way against fake de­gree hold­ers and mat­ters in this re­gard have en­tered into fi­nal phase. Ver­i­fi­ca­tion process in re­spect of de­grees of 1170 pub­lic rep­re­sen­ta­tives who had par­tic­i­pated in 2008 gen­eral elec­tion was ini­ti­ated and 68 de­grees were de­clared bo­gus this way. 27 de­grees were found in or­der and the mat­ters re­lated to 34 de­grees were still pend­ing. Cases of 8 per­sons are pend­ing with district and ses­sions judges so far, he said.

He prayed the court to al­low two days more to EC in con­nec­tion with ver­i­fi­ca­tion of de­grees and ini­ti­a­tion of ac­tion against fake de­gree hold­ers.

The court al­lowed two days more for ini­ti­a­tion of pro­ceed­ings against the fake de­gree hold­ers. The court ruled that it was right of all ci­ti­zens and vot­ers to seek ac­cess to all in­for­ma­tion un­der ar­ti­cle 19 of the con­sti­tu­tion. Nom­i­na­tion pa­per be posted at web­sites and mode of web­sites should be sim­ple.

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