Lahore High Court’s election tribunal bench in Rawalpindi Monday disqualified Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf candidate Ayla Malik to contest by-elections due to a fake degree.

The tribunal comprises on Justice Aysha Malik and Justice Mamoon declared Ayla Malik ineligible to contest by-elections.

Ayla was to be fielded as a PTI candidate for by-election from NA-71 after party chairman Imran Khan vacated the seat, keeping his Rawalpindi seat.

The Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE), Rawalpindi, had declared her intermediate certificate ‘bogus’ on July 20 that carries the roll number of a male candidate named Imdad Hussain, who too had failed.

A probe was conducted after a Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) petitioner and candidate Obaidullah Shadikhel brought Malik’s credentials to the court’s notice.

Similarly, PTI MNA Ghulam Sarwar Khan’s party membership was suspended after being found with a fake degree.