Higher Education Commission (HEC) is in the process of verifying degrees of 1100 parliamentarians. Over 200 parliamentarians are alleged to have fake degrees. HEC head is a political appointee. There is an urgent need to form an independent Citizens Commission to verify legislators degrees, headed by a retired Supreme Court judge of impeccable integrity. It is imperative that our parliamentarians meet the minimum education qualifications to understand complexities of the modern world. It is even more crucial that our legislators do not cheat by flaunting fake degrees to the politically-constituted Election Commission. Parliamentarians with fake degrees should be banned for life. An independent Citizens Commission should be established to verify degrees of all parliamentarians. HEC is certainly not credible nor capable of doing it on its own. -FOQIA SADIQ KHAN, Rawalpindi, June 16.