ISLAMABAD The first hearing of six parliamentarians having fake degrees held on Monday but none of the six lawmakers whom the ECP had summoned to explain their position on the issue appeared before the ECP in person. The hearing held under the Chairmanship of Muhammad Afzal Khan, the nominated officer and Joint Sectary of ECP and representative and focal person of Higher Education Commission (HEC) Rahim Bux Channa. In the first hearing, the MPs who were summoned by the ECP included Maulvi Agha Muhammad, Syed Salman Mohsin Gillani, Syed Javaid Hussain Shah, Shafique Ahmad Gujjar, Waseem Ahmad Gondal and Gulistan Khan but no one appeared while three of them sent their nominees. The parliamentarians who sent their nominees were Waseem Ahmad Gondal, Maulvi Agha Muhammad and Shafique Ahmad Gujjar while others neither appeared before the ECP nominated officer nor sent their representatives. The representatives of the lawmakers who could not appear due to different reasons requested the ECP to fix another date for hearing. The three lawmakers who remained absent from the proceedings have been now asked to appear before the commission on August 30. It has been learnt that the commission has sent letters to them making it clear that in case they do not appear on the next date, it would be assumed that their degrees are fake and they would have to face trial before the District and Sessions Judges concerned. Along with these three lawmakers six more lawmakers have been issued notices to appear before the commission on August 30 (Monday). They include Federal Minister for Postal Services Mir Israr Ullah Khan Zehri, Federal Minister for Fisheries and Livestock Mir Humayun Aziz Kurd, Members of the Pakhtoonkhwa Assembly Kishwar Kumar and Khalifa Abdul Qayyum Khan, Member of the Balochistan Assembly Shamma Parveen Magsi and Member Punjab Assembly Saima Aziz. Meanwhile, HEC has received 4 more degrees from universities, which would be handed over to the ECP on Tuesday (today). It has been learnt that the all the four degrees are genuine and the number of genuine degree holders has risen to 292.