ISLAMABAD Afraid of degrees verification process, the PPPs top lot is contemplating to replace Chairman Higher Education Commission (HEC) Dr Javaid R Laghari, who reportedly was not on the same page with President Asif Ali Zarari. According to well-placed sources, the President wants one of his cronies to replace Laghari, who himself hails from the PPP but was not in Zardaris closer circle. But the legal obstacles were in the way of wishes of the PPP leadership, as the HEC chairmanship is a tenure-based post. Dr Javaid R Laghari had taken over the charge as Chairman in August 27, 2009 thus his tenure would end in September 2013. Though, Presidential Spokesman Farhatullah Babar termed it a mere speculation on part of the media, the sources in the Prime Ministers Secretariat hinted at a move to get resignation of the incumbent Chairman HEC by hook or by crook. The HEC Ordinance 2002 says, The chairman shall hold the office for a period of four years and may not be removed from office before the expiry of his term save on proven charges of corruption, inefficiency, permanent disability or failure to attend two consecutive meetings without intimation in advance. A senior official of the Commission said the position of the chairman is like a judge and he cannot be removed before completion of the tenure. It may be mentioned that the Commission has sent 934 degrees of MPs to different public and private universities for verification and out of which 36 degrees have been sent to the foreign universities and 21 to the different religious seminaries. The Commission would receive the verified degrees in sealed envelopes, which would be handed over to the ECP as received. According to the sources, the Presidency wants a person at the helm of affairs of the HEC that would move according to the dictations given to him. The President would also like to be informed in advance about certain startling situation in case it emerges after verification of a mass number of degrees.