ISLAMABAD - The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has informed the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) that the Bachelor’s degrees of former Federal Minister Sheikh Waqas Akram and former Punjab Assembly member Yasir Raza are fake.
In a letter to ECP on Saturday, the HEC stated that the A-Level certificate of former Federal Minister for Education and Training Sheikh Waqas was declared by the Cambridge University as forged and the equivalency certificate was also not genuine as conveyed by the Inter-Board Chairman Committee (IBCC). On the basis of which his Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree was confirmed as fake. Regarding former MPA Yasir Raza, the Commission informed that he had obtained his BA degree from Al-Khair University that the university had cancelled and his Intermediate from Federal Board was also not genuine. The Commission had verified the academic certificates of both the legislators on the received complaints. The HEC had to complete the verification of degrees of 183 former parliamentarians by April 5 as directed by the Supreme Court. According to details sent by the HEC to the ECP, the degrees of 81 former parliamentarians were cleared. The cases of four lawmakers, including Manzoor Wattoo, Rukhsana Bangash, Gulzar Ahmad Khan and Sardar Sanaullah Zehri, were under process due to some incomplete documentation.
Out of the mentioned 183 number two parliamentarians including Azeem Doltana and Former Federal Minister Shehbaz Bhatti are no more. The total number of fake degrees stands at 57 now.
The deadline given by the Supreme Court to parliamentarians to get their academic credentials verified ended Friday midnight. Lawmakers who were given clean-chit by the Commission during the five-day period important among them were former opposition leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan of PML-N, former federal minister Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah, former Member of Punjab Assembly Nargis Faiz Malik, Afrasiab Khan Khattak of Awami National Party, former Federal Minister Samsam Bokhari, former MNA Bushra Gohar, Former Federal Minister Faisal Saleh Hayat, former MNA Engineer Amir Muqam, and former MNA Javed Hashmi.
HEC Chairman Dr. Javaid Laghari maintained that “we are glad that our work is done. We have facilitated the parliamentarians beyond our normal work and opened our head and regional offices till mid night. Now the verification details have been submitted to ECP and the compliance report will be submitted to the SC on Monday.”
Apart from that 183 lawmakers, the HEC also been verifying the academic certificates of the contesting candidates of 2013 elections sent by the District Returning Officers and two representatives of the Commission have been working with the ECP for scrutiny of papers of the contesting candidates.  
The apex court on April 1 had given the last chance to lawmakers until April 5 to submit their documents for verification or else they could face criminal cases. The court directed them who failed to submit their Matric/O’Level and Intermediate/A’Level or Inter-Board Chairman Committee equivalency for verification since the degree verification process started in 2010 on the directions of Supreme Court and National Assembly Standing Committee on Education.