ISLAMABAD While setting honesty and fair play as criteria for public officeholders, the Supreme Court on Wednesday declared that all those candidates who had earlier resigned under the charges of having fake degrees would be ineligible to contest by-elections.
A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Justice Javed Iqbal heard the case.
During the hearing, Justice Javed remarked that a person who had duped the people with his fake degree did not qualify to contest election.
He added that ones resignation showed that one had admitted that ones degree was fake.
The Court observed that one who was dishonest was not eligible to be a member of the Parliament.
The effectees of the apex court verdict include Nazir Jatt, a PPP candidate from NA-167, Vehari, and Allah Wasaya, a candidate from PP-259, Muzaffargarh.
They both had, earlier, tendered their resignations after the SC took their cases when their fake degrees were challenged in the Supreme Court.
However, at that time, the SC did not initiate any criminal proceedings against them as they had tendered their resignations, but in its verdict on Wednesday, the apex court stopped them from contesting by-elections.
The apex court clearly declared that dishonest and criminal persons could not be allowed to contest elections or hold any public office.
Besides many others, the SC verdict would create difficulty for Jamshed Dasti, a close friend of President Asif Ali Zardari, who also resigned for having fake degree.
The President had awarded him party ticket to contest by-election.

This news was published in The Nation newspaper. Read complete newspaper of 06-May-2010 here.