A parliamentary delegation headed by Law Minister Farooq H. Naik on Thursday called on Chief Election Commissioner Fakhruddin G. Ebrahim in Islamabad and discussed various aspects of the election process.

Law Minister Farooq H Naek assured that government would provide every possible assistance to the Election Commission for holding free, fair and transparent elections.

Giving his views on fake degrees issue, Farooq H. Naek asked the Election Commission to adopt an appropriate procedure for the verifications of educational degrees.

Chairman Higher Education Commission (HEC) Dr. Javaid Laghari was also present in the meeting.

The eight-member delegation included Bushra Gohar, Zahid Hamid, S.Iqbal Qadri, Zafar Baig Batani and others.

Later talking to media, Farooq H Naek said the degrees would now be verified by the Higher Education Commission (HEC).

He said that it will be necessary for the election candidates to submit their academic degree with nomination papers.

Naek said that the ECP would send the degrees to the HEC for verification. “The ECP will take legal action if the degrees were proved fake,” he said.

He added that the Supreme Court of Pakistan’s directions would be followed completely in the verification process of the degrees.