LAHORE – Supreme Court on Thursday allowed former MPA Khalid Mahmood Sargana, who was disqualified on fake degree grounds, to contest elections by suspending his ineligibility.

The LHC on January 28 had disqualified PML-Q’s Khalid Mahmood Sargana elected from PP-78 constituency of Jahng district.

On Thursday, the appellant through counsel pointed out the LHC had earlier dismissed three petitions against while it allowed forth one that was also not supported with strong evidences.

He contended his academic degrees were genuine and there was no doubt in the name of his father, Muhammad Faazal, roll numbers and registration numbers.

He requested the court to suspend the LHC judgment and allow him to contest elections.

A three member bench headed by Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jilani of apex court at Lahore Registry granted leave to former MPA and suspended the LHC judgment disqualifying him. The bench observed the LHC issued the judgment on the mere grounds.

Fine for wasting 3 years of court: The LHC on Thursday imposed a fine of Rs500,000 when the appellant withdrew his petition after 3 years.

The petition seeking disqualification of former PML-N MPA Khawaja Islam was withdrawn which annoyed the judge.

Justice Khalid Mahmood Khan passed the order on a petition moved by Ashiq Hussain challenging Khawaja’s eligibility on ground of having fake graduation degree.

When the court resumed hearing, petitioner Ashiq along with his counsel appeared before the court and requested to withdraw the case.

The statement irked the judge and he showed annoyance, saying the petitioner had wasted court time for three years and now all of sudden came up with a request to withdraw the case after striking a ‘deal’ with respondent former MPA.

The court observed that it could not close its eyes on such a situation and fined Rs500, 000 to petitioner for wasting court time. The court, however, allowed petitioner to withdraw case but with a heavy fine.

The petitioner submitted that Khawaja was declared retuned candidate from PP-72 in 2008 general election.  He alleged that the respondent had furnished a fake graduation degree at the time of filing nomination papers. He pointed out that the respondent did not meet criteria laid down in article 62 and 63 of the Constitution.

DUPLICATE COPY: The LHC directed the Lahore Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) to issue duplicate matriculation certificate, in any case on March 28, to former federal minister Faisal Saleh Hayat, enabling him to submit his nomination papers.

Former minister has moved a petition in the LHC saying that he had lost his original matriculation certificate and applied for duplicate certificate but the BISE was not issuing duplicate certificate.

He pointed out that if the duplicate certificate was not provided he would not be able to furnish his nomination papers for the forthcoming election.

After hearing his arguments, Justice Mansoor Ali Shah directed the Lahore board to ensure provision of matriculation certificate to petition and submit a compliance report to the LHC on March 29(today).