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Gilgit-Baltistan: Disqualification in fake degree case, CM challenges ‘supreme’ door

Yes, you are correct. Khalid Khurshid, the Chief Minister of Gilgit-Baltistan, has challenged his disqualification in the Supreme Court of Pakistan. Khurshid was disqualified by the Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Court on Tuesday, August 2, 2023, after a petition was filed against him alleging that he had obtained a fake law degree from the University of London.

Gilgit-Baltistan Disqualification in fake degree case (2)

Khurshid has denied the allegations, and his lawyers have argued that the disqualification was based on insufficient evidence. They have also argued that the Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Court did not have the jurisdiction to hear the case, as it was a matter of federal law.

The Supreme Court is expected to hear Khurshid’s appeal in the coming weeks. If the Supreme Court upholds the disqualification, Khurshid will be barred from holding public office for five years.

The case has raised questions about the integrity of the political system in Gilgit-Baltistan, a semi-autonomous region of Pakistan. It has also highlighted the challenges of enforcing the rule of law in the region.

Here are some more details about the case:

  • The petition against Khurshid was filed by Ghulam Shahzad Agha, a member of the Gilgit-Baltistan Assembly.
  • Agha alleged that Khurshid had obtained a fake law degree from the University of London in 1986.
  • The Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Court ruled that Khurshid had not provided sufficient evidence to prove that he had obtained a legitimate degree.
  • The court also ruled that the Gilgit-Baltistan Bar Council had not properly verified Khurshid’s degree before issuing him a license to practice law.

The case has been widely reported in the Pakistani media, and it has sparked a debate about the need for greater transparency and accountability in the political system. It remains to be seen whether the Supreme Court will uphold the disqualification, but the case is likely to have a significant impact on the political landscape in Gilgit-Baltistan.

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