QUETTA/LAHORE – Courts in different parts of the country continued punishing former lawmakers holding fake degrees with additional sessions judge Quetta Friday sentenced a former Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) provincial minister Ali Madad Jattak for two years in jail and imposed Rs 10,000 fine for possessing a fake degree.

In another case, Balochistan High Court Sibi Circuit has nullified the punishment awarded to former PPP federal minister Mir Humayun Aziz Kurd in fake degree case and issued notices to both parties.

As per details, Additional and Sessions Judge VI Abdul Hakeem Kakar had reserved judgment over the fake degree case of former PPP provincial minister Ali Madad Jattak on Thursday after recording his statement.

Jattak was elected member of Balochistan Assembly on the PPP ticket in the 2008 general elections and he was accused of having a fake degree.

He had presented a graduation degree of Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai University Khairpur but the institution declared it fake.

Upon giving the judgment, the Additional Sessions Court Quetta awarded sentence to Ali Madad Jattak two years imprisonment and imposed Rs 10,000 fine for possessing a fake degree.

After the judgment Ali Madad Jattak was arrested by police from the premises of the court.

On the other hand, Balochistan High Court Sibi Circuit Bench nullified the punishment of former federal minister Mir Humayun Aziz Kurd who was sentenced one year jail and 5,000 rupees fine in fake degree case.

The verdict of District and Session Judge Sibi was challenged in Balochistan High Court Sibi Circuit upon which the court nullified the punishment of Mr Kurd and issued notices to both parties.

Mir Humayun Aziz Kurd had won elections in 2008 on PPP ticket from NA-267 Kachhi.

Separately, in another case, Sibi Circuit Bench cancelled the interim bail of former Speaker Balochistan Mir Zahoor Ahmed Khosa in fake degree case and ordered for his arrest.

It may be recalled here that former speaker Mir Zahoor Khosa was sentenced two years jail and 5,000 rupees fine by the District Sessions Judge Dera Allayar. He had challenged the judgment in Balochistan High Court and obtained bail.

On Friday, Sibi Circuit Bench maintained the verdict by dismissing his appeal and ordered for his arrest.

Agencies add: Two former members of Punjab Assembly Amna Butter of PPP and Nasim Sabir Khawaja of PML-Q were declared proclaimed offenders in the fake degree cases on Friday.

A Lahore district sessions judge has directed the authorities to arrest Butter and present her in the court.

Lahore sessions court also declared Nasim Sabir Khawaja as proclaimed offender in the degree case and issued arrest warrants against him.

Meanwhile, embattled former National Assembly member Jamshed Dasti has filed an appeal in Lahore High Court, Multan Bench against Thursday’s decision by a local court in Muzaffargarh which sentenced him to three years in prison in a fake degree case.

Dasti was arrested from outside the courtroom following his sentencing.