Gilgit-Baltistan CM Khalid Khurshid disqualified in fake degree case

Gilgit-Baltistan CM Khalid Khurshid disqualified in fake degree case

Gilgit (Web Desk): The Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) Chief Court on Tuesday disqualified Chief Minister Khalid Khurshid Khan in a fake degree case.

According to details, Khursheed, one of the key leaders of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) from GB, was allegedly obtaining a license from the GB Bar Council on the basis of a fake degree.

A three-member bench comprising Judge Malik Anayatur Rehman, Judge Johar Ali, and Judge Mohammad Mushtaq announced the verdict on a petition seeking the  disqualification of the chief minister.

Ghulam Shahzad Agha, a member of the GB Assembly from Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), had challenged Khalid Khurshid’s law degree and sought his disqualification under Articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution.

In the petition through his counsel Amjad Hussain, the PPP lawmaker had contended that the degree submitted by Khurshid had not been verified by the University of London and the Higher Education Commission had declared it to be fake.

On May 29, Chief Judge Ali Baig had constituted a larger bench to hear the case with instructions to conduct day-to-day hearings and conclude the case within 14 days.

The court had also issued notices to the HEC, the chief minister, GB Bar Council and Election Commission to submit their replies on the issue.

Earlier in the day, the opposition lawmakers submitted a no-confidence motion against Khalid Khursheed in the Gilgit-Baltistan Assembly.

Member Ghulam Muhammad had given a notice with the signatures of nine opposition members to Assembly Secretariat in writing a motion for leave to move a resolution for removal of the GB CM.

The intimation of receipt of the said notice has been circulated to the GB Governor and all members of the GB Assembly.