Gomal varsity submits report to PHC
Peshawar: The Gomal University Dera Ismail Khan on Tuesday submitted an inquiry report on graduation degree of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Senior Minister Rahimdad Khan to the Peshawar High Court (PHC).
Following the high court directives, an official of the Gomal University submitted a 15-page inquiry report about the minister’s BA degree to a two-member bench comprising Chief Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan and Justice Yahya Afridi.
In a previous hearing, the bench had allowed an application filed by petitioner Farman Khattak, requesting for summoning the said inquiry report claiming that it was a vital document in the case.
Farman Khattak, a voter, had filed an application in his writ petition requesting the court to disqualify Rahimdad from holding the office of an MPA, as he was not a graduate, a precondition for contesting the 2008 general elections.
On the request of the petitioner’s counsel, Qazi Muhammad Anwar, and respondent Rahimdad Khan, the court directed the office to provide copies of the inquiry report to them and fixed next hearing for September 20.
In the previous hearing, Qazi Mohammad Anwar had stated that Rahimdad had contested election from PF-27 (Mardan). He stated that the minister produced a graduation degree, according to which he passed the examination in 2005. He said according to the record, the roll number given by him belonged to a candidate Rahimdad son of Bangi Khan, a resident of Serai Naurang in Lakki Marwat. He said that in the application submitted by the minister for receiving the degree, he had mentioned the name as Rahimdad son of Saifullah Khan.
He submitted that the Supreme Court ordered the Election Commission last year to verify the degrees of all lawmakers, following which the commission referred the degrees to the Higher Education Commission, which sent those to the concerned universities. Further, he submitted that the Gomal University vice-chancellor had constituted a high-level committee for conducting an inquiry regarding the degree of Rahimdad Khan.
The counsel argued that according to that inquiry Rahimdad had neither appeared in the examination nor he was registered with the university and he had manoeuvred with the then vice-chancellor, registrar, etc, to get a graduation degree.
Advocate Abdul Lateef Yousafzai, who appeared for Rahimdad in the previous hearing, had raised preliminary objection to the application, arguing that it was very vague and nothing was mentioned in it when the said inquiry was conducted and when its report was finalised. He stated that the petition was based on mala fide intention, as the petitioner was brother of a candidate, Shahid Khan, who had lost the election to Rahimdad
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