Pakistani legislators stuck in whirlpool over fake degrees scandal (3)

22:09, July 22, 2010      

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Some political gurus have been predicting about the midterm elections in the country if 100 or above parliamentarians are declared ineligible due to bogus degrees. But Gilani ruled out such chance declaring it a "day dream."

"There will be no mid term elections at any cost, by-elections will be held on the vacant seats of ineligible legislators," Gilani told local media in recent days.

Political parties are facing dilemma and the political leaderships are confused over whether to take resign from their guilty members or carry on to defend the media criticism.

Lawmakers in the Punjab Assembly, two week back, showed their anger at the media, passing a resolution against the alleged propaganda by the media representatives against the current democratic government on the issue of fake degrees.

After this resolution a country-wide media protest was triggered against the said resolution followed by the boycott to all the government functions and press conferences. At last Punjab assembly had to pass another resolution in the favor of media praising its services for the restoration of the democracy in the society.

Mazhar Abbas, a senior journalist, was of the view that when a common man is sentenced for having fake documents then why the lawmakers enjoy exceptions.

HEC, on July 21, ordered all the universities to submit their reports about the verification of the degrees till 27 of this month.

A section of politicians and legislators are suggesting the government to introduce a new law to save the fake degree holders but Gilani refused to allow such movement.

Observing such situation experts are predicting that political parties will have to take resignation from the legislators found guilty for the by-election instead of mid term elections under the severe pressure by the media and courts.Source: Xinhua
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