The Chief Justice on Monday said that perhaps an illiterate person could be allowed to contest the elections but the ones who try to lie and fool the authorities should simply become ineligible. ECP Secretary Ishtiak Ahmed submitted a report pertaining to the fake degrees and informed the court that the aspiring candidates were frequently asked to get their degrees verified. ECP had also issued a warning to 189 legislators through a letter on February 7, 2013.
“The status of fake degrees as provided by the HEC stands at 54 (out of 55, as only one degree which was earlier declared as fake by the university was later declared genuine by the university itself). The HEC stands by its verification and no fake degree holder has been cleared by the HEC, and to-date, the HEC has declared degrees of 54 parliamentarians are fake,” says the brief sent to the SCP by HEC.