RAWALPINDI Lahore High Court (LHC), Rawalpindi bench, disqualified PML-N Member Provincial Assembly (MPA), Malik Yasir Raza, in a fake degree case and ordered re-election in the constituency PP-13 of Rawalpindi, here on Wednesday.
In his short judgment, LHC judge, Justice Khwaja Imtiaz Ahmed, allowed the election petition filed by Ishtiaq Mirza contending that Yasirs Matric, FA and BA degrees are fake.
Consequently, he ordered a re-election in the constituency.
Earlier, the court had withheld the decision on the petition, filed by PPPs Ishtiaq Mirza, who contested the 2008 election from PP-13, against Malik Yasir.
In the petition, Ishtiaq Mirza had challenged academic certificates of Malik Yasir Raza, a Pakistan Muslim League-N MPA from Rawalpindi The MPA, through his lawyer, Sardar Abdul Razzaq Khan, had maintained that he had valid secondary and higher secondary school certificates and a genuine BBA degree from Al-Khair University, while holding that his credentials were verified by the departments concerned.
In his plea filed in 2008, the petitioner had accused the MPA of obtaining the HSC certificate through impersonation, as he, himself, did not appear in the examination held in 1995.
However, during the last hearing, the petitioner told the court, once again, that the FA degree is fake, adding that some other persons photo is pasted on his FA admission form.
Federal Board controller exams told the court that the Board maintained a record of only ten years.
Two officials from the examination boards of Islamabad and Rawalpindi had told the Lahore High Court that the intermediate and matriculate certificates issued to a Member of Punjab Assembly were not fake.
An assistant controller of Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) Rawalpindi and record keeper of Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education appeared before the court as witnesses and stated that, according to their records, the certificates of the MPA were not fake.
Initially, the petitioner had challenged the graduation degree and HSC certificate of the MPA but, later, he had focused all his attention on proving that the MPA held a fake intermediate certificate.
The petitioner alleged that the examination form did not have the photograph of the MPA, regardless of which, the certificate was issued to him.
Later, while talking to the media person outside the courtroom, Malik Yasir Raza said that he would challenge the decision in the Supreme Court.
He also maintained that, in case of re-election in the constituency, he would fully participate in the election process.

This news was published in The Nation newspaper. Read complete newspaper of 01-Jul-2010 here.