ISLAMABAD The Higher Education Commission (HEC) handed over 42 more degrees to Election Commission of Pakistan, which all have been declared genuine by the HEC. The nominated focal person from HEC Rahim B Channa on Monday met the ECP officials including Joint Secretary Afzal Khan and others and handed over the record to ECP. Out of them 38 degrees have been given by Sindh University, 3 by Shah Abdul Latif University and one by Punjab University. And according to sources the names of Speaker National Assembly Dr Fahmida Mirza, Sindh Home Minister Zulfikar Mirza, Federal Commerce Minister Makhdoom Amin Fahim and former Narcotics Minister Ghaus Bax Mehar are included in the list whose degrees have been declared genuine by the HEC. So far the HEC has declared degrees of 288 parliamentarians as genuine, 47 as fake or from the non-accredited institutions, while 12 cases of degrees are in the court. As many as 13 parliamentarians have been disqualified and 6 parliamentarians resigned on the basis of fake degrees. The HEC earlier has also handed over the record of verified degrees of parliamentarians to the ECP on August 5 including the record of 47 fake degrees and out of them 6 cases are going to be heard on August 23 by the ECP. Nominated persons of HEC and ECP would hear the case of parliamentarians having fake degrees and controller examination of the respective universities have also been asked to appear during the hearing. In the first hearing, the MPs who have been summoned by the ECP include Maulvi Agha Muhammad, Syed Salman Mohsin Gillani, Syed Javaid Hussain Shah, Shafique Ahmad Gujjar, Waseem Ahmad Gondal and Gulistan Khan. The ECP handed over 9 more degrees to the HEC for verification and now 13 degree have been left that the ECP has to provide to the HEC. It is important to mention here that to expedite the process of degree verification which has slowed down due to the devastating floods the HEC has asked again the universities to directly approach the MPs to get the past record of educational qualifications of MPs needed for scrutiny. And in this regard the commission has written letters to the universities giving them the period of two weeks to complete the process till August 25.