The degrees of at least two more public representatives – one MNA, and one MPA from Sindh were found to be bogus on Tuesday. Both denied the charges when approached by The Express Tribune.

The verification procedure currently under way at University of Karachi has thus far found the degrees of two public representatives to be bogus.

The degrees of Yaqoob Bizenjo, Member National Assembly from the Balochistan National Party (Awami) and Stephen Peter Member Provincial Assembly (Sindh) from the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) face disqualification, but the two termed the discovery to be a conspiracy.

Official sources in the university said that the process of verification has almost been completed and that of the 106 degrees received by the university, most had been verified, and at least two found to be fake.

Talking to the media Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of Karachi Dr Nasiruddin Khan said that the university had received about 106 degrees from the Higher Education Commission (HEC) and their six-stage verification process has almost been completed. He added that, after the final process, the results would be sent to the HEC by July 13.

When asked about the degree of Bizenjo, he said the case of his degree is sub judice, and therefore he could not comment on it.
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However, Bizenjo, a resident of Turbat, Kech district in Balochistan struck a defiant note. “I swear that my degree, bearing roll No. 685933, is genuine and I have done my BA from the University of Karachi in 2007,” said the MNA from BNP (Awami), while talking to The Express Tribune.

He said that he still remembers that his results had been announced on 17 July, about seven months before the general election. According to Bizenjo, Zubaida Jalal, who he defeated in the general elections, had previously challenged his degree, but the election tribunal decided in his favour and now the case is in the Balochistan Court.

“The officials of Karachi University had recorded their statement before the tribunal that the degree is genuine, so how they have declared it fake [now],” he questioned.

He termed it a conspiracy against him and added that he is ready to face every challenge.

Meanwhile, MPA Stephen Peter, who had been nominated for a reserved seat on the quota of the MQM, said that he had submitted his graduation degree at the office of Election Commission for verification, and claimed that it was genuine. When asked when he had graduated, the MPA did not answer – and asked The Express Tribune to call him back. However, he did not attend the phone later and his assistant said that he will present his version in a press conference to be held very soon.

It may be mentioned here that a three-member committee has been constituted the KU Vice-Chancellor Prof Pirzada Qasim to ensure that the degrees of legislators are authentic and valid.

KU Pro Vice-Chancellor Dr Nasiruddin Khan, Registrar Prof. Kaleem Raza, and Department of Computer Science Chairman Dr Aquil Burney are members of the committee.