ISLAMABAD - Election Commission (ECP) on Monday closed cases of five more MPs for possessing fake/invalid degrees and decided to close the remaining cases by December 28. The MPs whose cases have been closed and forwarded to the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) for further action are Haji Nasir Muhammad (MPA), Syeda Majida Zaidi (MPA), Bashir Ahmad Khan (MPA), Mukeesh Kumar (MPA) and Dastgir Rager (MNA). ECPs special committee headed by Muhammad Afzal Khan is conducting hearing into the MPs fake/invalid degrees. It also issued final notices to ten MPs to defend their respective positions on December 28. Those who have been summoned to appear before the committee are Senator Rehana Yahya Baloch, Mir Humdan Khan (MNA), Mulvi Haji Zawar ul Din (MNA), Syed Suleiman Mohsin (MNA), Hayyat Ullah Khan Tareen (MNA), Afshan Farooq (MPA), Naseem Nasir Khuwaja (MPA), Sameena Khawar Hayyat (MPA), Khalifa Abdul Qyoum Khan (MPA) and Abdul Samad Khan Akhwanzada. Earlier on Monday the committee heard 13 cases. Khalifa Abdul Qayyum Khan, MPA (PK-64) appeared in person, associated with his counsel and clarified that his degree was issued by an institution that was not recognised by the HEC about which he was unaware, therefore, his degree should not be quoted as fake or bogus. The committee advised him to submit written reply along with an affidavit on or before December 28, 2010. Bashir Ahmed Khan, MPA (PS-56) absented himself and the HEC informed that the Intermediate Certificate submitted by Bashir Ahmed Khan was fake one. The committee decided to close the case and submitted it to the CEC. Malik Shaukat Ali Advocate appeared before the committee on behalf of Ghulam Dastagir Rajar, MNA (NA-235) and pleaded that the second degree submitted by his client was handed over to the HEC for verification. The focal person of HEC informed that reply in that matter was still awaited from Sindh University. Suresh Kumar Advocate appeared on behalf of Mukhesh Kumar, MPA (PS-Reserved), and pleaded that his client changed his surname in 2007 and rest of the particulars were correct as mentioned in the degree submitted by his client. He contended that the reports submitted by the Controller of Examinations are malafide, as the university has verified the degree of his client. The committee remarked that the written reply of his client was part of the record and the case was being submitted to the CEC. Masood Sarwar Tarar appeared on behalf of Afshan Farooq, MPA (PP-Reserved) and the committee advised him to re-verify the degree of her client from the institution (Preston University) from where she has obtained the degree. The case has now been fixed for December 28, 2010. Asif appeared before the committee on behalf of Mir Ahmedan Khan, MNA (NA-265) and sought adjournment for submission of written reply. The committee advised him to submit written reply along with affidavit up to December 28, 2010. Baz Muhammad Kakar Advocate, counsel of Abdul Samad Akhunzada, MPA (PB-7) submitted power of attorney with interim reply requesting to adjourn the case for submission of detailed reply. The committee advised him also to submit reply along with affidavit by December 28. In the case of Molvi Haji Rozi Uddin, MNA (NA-262), a written request was received to the committee for adjournment of the case. The committee adjourned the case until December 28. Zulfiqar appeared on behalf of Syed Muhammad Salman Mohsin, MNA (NA-165) and sought adjournment. The committee advised him to submit reply along with affidavit by December 28. FN Lodhi who appeared as counsel for Nasim Nasir Khawaja MPA (PP-Reserved), sought copies of the documents. The committee made it clear to the counsel that copies of the relevant documents have already been provided to her client on 21-10-2010, however the committee decided to provide documents required to the counsel for defending the case and fixed 28th December 2010 as final date of hearing for submission of reply and affidavit. Amir Saeed Rawn Advocate who appeared on behalf of Syeda Majida Zadi MPA, (PP-Reserved) pleaded that the copy of degree available in the record did not relate to his client and submitted 'sanad issued in the year 2000 by Jamia Rizwia, Tanzeem-ul-Madaris, Multan. He pleaded that his degree was also attached with the nomination papers. The statement of the counsel was recorded.