Pakistani legislators stuck in whirlpool over fake degrees scandal (2)

22:09, July 22, 2010      

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A lot of reaction has been observed from these two parties against the HEC, courts, and authorities verifying degrees and especially against media for highlighting the issue.

Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry remarked that "we are restoring parliament's dignity by exposing fake degree holders," adding that "we have to bring the whole nation to basic ethics and how long will we bank upon lies and wrongdoings."

Naseem Anwar Baig, a former diplomat, commented on the current situation saying that mostly politicians think that media, courts and a few government authorities have become the part of some conspiracy against the current democratic system.

Abid Sher Ali, Chairman of Standing Committee on Education in National Assembly, the lower house of the parliament, is the key player of this issue. He described it in a different way.

"Legislators should behave as a role model for a common man of the country, they should be honest and free from any illegal action," Ali told Xinhua.

Few days back PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif, referring to the arrest and harassment of the brother of HEC Chairman Javed Leghari, criticized the government of PPP for interfering verification process through harassing the families of the concerned authorities to favor the fake degree holders.

After a big hue and cry from the opposition parties, criticism by the local media and public protest against the guilty persons, Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani had to interfere to release the Leghari's brother and assured him the government cooperation.

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