ISLAMABAD The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has so far received 511 degrees from different universities out of which it has cleared 452 degrees while 29 have been declared fake. Dr S Mahmood Raza, Head of the three-member Review Committee constituted by the Commission for verification of the degrees, informed the press here on Tuesday that after verification 29 degrees of MPs have been found fake. HEC Chairman Dr Javaid Laghari was scheduled to brief the media about the degrees verification, however, he remained in his office and the Commissions other relevant officials gave some details refusing to announce any name of fake degree holder. Dr. Raza said that 27 universities have replied so far and the Commission is waiting for response from nine universities including Punjab University, University of Balochistan, Allama Iqbal Open University, Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai University and UET. Most of the universities have sent the degrees, which the Commission would receive by Wednesday (today). He said that four degrees from foreign universities have also been received which are not recognised institutions. He said the Commission would send the report after the verification of educational qualification of MPs to the National Assembly Standing Committee on Education by July 16. Earlier, the Commission announced that it had given the deadline of July 13 to all the universities to send back the degrees after verification but they have failed to meet the deadline. Meanwhile, it has been learnt that the Commission received degrees on Tuesday out of which the degree of PML-N MPA Tariq Mahmood Bajwa was found fake.