LAHORE – The Lahore High Court on Monday dismissed a petition seeking disqualification of PML-N MNA Javed Latif for using fake graduation degree to contest elections in 2008.

Syed Sajjad Hussain, a voter from NA-133 constituency of Sheikhupura district, had sought the disqualification of MNA by filing a writ petition through Advocate Noshab A.Khan. He had submitted the MNA had a bogus B.A degree from Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) University. He said that the respondent MNA had not appeared in the exams and person with the same name solved his papers. He pointed out that a three member committee headed by a sessions judge of AJK had also held the degree bogus while Vice Chancellor of AJK University had also directed the syndicate of the varsity to immediately cancel the degree.

The MNA’s counsel had argued the HEC had verified his degree after which the petitioner’s allegations stand false and fabricated. Justice Muhammad Khalid Mahmood Khan announced the verdict reserved earlier on the petition.