LAKKI MARWAT - Returning Officer for the Pk-75 (Lakki-II) Zaeem Ahmad on Friday rejected the nomination papers of JUI-F candidate Malik Imran over fake degree.

A local lawyer Inamullah Khan had raised objections over Malik Imran’s nomination documents with the returning officer. Imran had contested 2002 general elections on provincial assembly seat when graduation was a condition for contesting elections and he had submitted B.Com degree from Karachi University with his nomination papers at that time.

Later the Karachi University declared the degree fake and bogus. But the Sindh High Court annulled the order of Karachi University with the directions to hold proper inquiry.  The university complied with the orders of Sindh High Court and after conducting inquiry found that the degree of the candidate (Malik Imran) was forged.

Afterwards, on the orders of Governor Sindh who is the chancellor of university a high-powered committee again probed the matter and held that the degree was fake and bogus.

On the basis of theses findings, the Peshawar High Court vide its judgment in Oct 2005 had disqualified him to be candidate on the date of nomination for the seat of member provincial assembly.

The returning officer heard arguments from both sides and held that in the light of the findings of high powered committee and the judgment of Peshawar High Court Malik Imran is the beneficiary of holding fake and forged degree, therefore, his integrity is not up to the mark.

Advocate Abdul Latif Yousafzai and advocate Naimatullah Khan Khoidadkhel appeared for Inamullah Khan while Barrister Qazi Anwar represented Malik Imran.