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AJK varsity denies issuing fake degrees with political motives
MUZAFFARABAD: The AJK University spokesman has vehemently denied the allegation appeared in the media that university administration has issued/issuing fake degrees with political motives.

Zafar Iqbal, the AJK University spokesman, explained that most of the cases related to allegedly fake degrees belong to the period from 2001-2006 when the BA degree was imposed as an eligibility condition for contesting in election. He further said that these allegedly fake degree cases were brought to the notice of the university administration when the opponents of the some of the candidates contesting election reported to election commission and the university.

It is important to note that these are not cases of issuance of fake degrees by the university but cases where possibly unfair means during the examinations have been used for which investigation is underway. In most cases, the candidates appeared in the BA examination on production of fake certificates issued by various boards of examinations. The AJK University has already constituted a committee to scrutinise the record of those whose degrees/result cards have been challenged.

As regards not presenting the record in the Supreme Court, the spokesman clarified that an assistant controller of examination was recently deputed to present the record in the Lahore Election Tribunal of the Lahore High Court. He was asked to come back on 2nd July 2010. He stressed that the AJK University is fully cooperating with legal authorities.

In addition, the university’s committee is also undertaking investigations and has already in this context called four of the candidates to appear before the committee to record their evidence.

The committee’s findings are likely to come out shortly. In the end, the spokesman emphasised that the allegation that the AJK University is involved in issuing fake degrees is absolutely baseless and unfounded. The university is under no pressure whatsoever from any quarter and is functioning under rules.

The university enjoys confidence and trust of public as well as academic community, including Higher Education Commission. The spokesman reiterated that the alleged cases belong to 2001-06 period and the university has taken measures to prevent such cases in the future.The news
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