PESHAWAR - A district and sessions judge has set November 1 for indictment of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Sports Syed Aqil Shah for filing a fake graduation degree with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for 2008 general elections.

Syed Aqil Shah was elected from PK-4 (Peshawar-4) constituency during 2008 elections on the Awami National Party ticket and he could face up to three-year imprisonment, if convicted, according to lawyers.

District and Sessions Judge Shehbar Khan fixed November 1 for indictment of the minister. For contesting 2008 elections, the minister had filed his nomination papers before the Returning Officer declaring on oath that he was a graduate and that he was qualified under Article 62 and was not subject to any disqualification provided under Article 63 of the Constitution.

In a complaint, the Regional Election Commission had claimed that the bachelor’s degree of Syed Aqil Shah, issued by the University of Punjab on October 15, 2002, was scrutinised by the Higher Education Commission and was found fake on August 5, 2010.

Besides, the HEC supplied a copy of a letter of the University of Punjab wherein it was stated that no record of the accused existed in that university. The complainant said that the accused appeared before a nominated officer of the Election Commission on November 29, 2010, and submitted another copy of his B.A. degree from Punjab University, attested on the back by HEC, which was also sent to HEC for verification. However, the HEC reported that it was the same degree already declared bogus.