ISLAMABAD - In pursuance of the Supreme Court judgment on Monday, the head office of Higher Education Commission (HEC) and its regional centres in Quetta, Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar will remain open until April 5 mid night.

The apex court on Monday gave 189 lawmakers, who had not submitted their educational certificates to the HEC, last chance for submitting their documents for verification until April 5, observing that lawmakers holding fake-degrees could face criminal cases.The HEC has requested all former parliamentarians (MNAs/senators/MPAs) who have not verified their degrees by the HEC, to do so before April 5, 2013 by providing the original degrees, original SSC/HSSC or equivalence certificate and copy of the National Identity Card. All universities have also been directed to have their controller examination departments open later than usual hours.

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on February 7 in a letter to parliamentarians had asked them to verify their academic credentials, as only 750 parliamentarians could get their degrees verified and degrees of 249 had remained unverified; while of 19 were under litigation. The HEC is awaiting direction of various courts to verify and report back the status of these degrees to courts. According to the HEC officials, out of 249, 183 degrees of parliamentarians are unverified due to non-availability of Matric/Inter certificates, 54 degrees have been declared fake and cases of 19 parliamentarians are under litigation in various courts for verification.