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ECP disqualifies PML-N lawmaker over fake degree

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) disqualified PML-N lawmaker Shaukat Bhatti elected from provincial assembly constituency (PP-4) in Rawalpindi for holding a fake degree, ARY News reported on Tuesday.

A five member bench of the ECP, headed by chief election commissioner (CEC) Justice (retd) Sardar Muhammad Raza, announced the verdict on an election petition filed by Iftkhar Kayani, a Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) candidate from the  constituency, sought the lawmaker’s disqualification for submitting fake degree with his nomination papers.

Bhatti, who was elected from Rawalpindi, was alleged to have submitted a fake degree in Business Administration.

Earlier, a criminal case was registered against him on a complaint of the ECP for submitting the fake degree, which is pending decision at a local court in Punjab. He submitted the bachelor’s degree issued by the University of the Punjab which actually belonged to Shaukat Aziz Sheikh an official at a hospital in Islamabad.



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