Stories about fake degree

Would Reham Khan’s degree matter if she wasn’t married to Imran Khan?

Recently, when the Daily Mail published an article that claimed Reham Khan, who had citied having attained a course in ‘Broadcast Journalism’, did not exist as part of her educational credentials, the social media was abuzz. As interesting as this not-so breaking news seemed, it looked like an entertaining Twitter trend to follow. I use the term ‘entertaining’ for it was exactly that, entertainment. Having earned a degree in Media Communication and Journalism, for me, the entire hullabaloo that followed this news was intriguing to say the least. We all know that the media really has no ethics and we are also ...

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Dr Aamir Liaquat: Defamation of faith’s Dr Jekyll

Indeed, during the days of Ramazan nothing can be said to be certain, except death, taxes, and the frighteningly charming and inveigling presence of Aamir Liaquat on our TV screens. What do we know about Aamir Liaquat? We know Liaquat brews a stew of savagery and sophistication. In one fell swoop, he can sauté his guest. We saw this in 2008, when Asian Human Rights Commission filed a petition deeming Liaquat’s cajoling and coaxing as having led to the killing of two Ahmadis, Pakistan’s most persecuted minority. We know that his admirers come in all shapes, sizes, income brackets. We know that Liaquat ...

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Balochistan government, sleeping through its term

As a journalist I usually visit the Provincial Secretariat and have hardly ever found any minister present in his office, even though the current Balochistan government retains the biggest cabinet in the province’s history. Barring three, all the other MPAs on the treasury benches have portfolios, residential accommodations, phone and a fleet of cars though officially permitted to retain one. Looking at the Balochistan ministers’ life styles, it seems as though Pakistan faces no economic crisis at all. The only opposition member, Yar Mohammad Rind has never attended an Assembly session except for the day he was administered the oath. On the other ...

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A (fake) revolution

For the sake of the upcoming generations of Pakistan, this is a plea to rulers to look ahead and use this opportunity to do their best to wash away some of their nasty political past. The saddest chapter of this shameful crisis was the discrimination towards the Higher Education Commission’s chairman and his brother. The names of elected MNA’s, MPA’s and Senators of Pakistan continue to be added to the list of fake degree holders being discovered daily by educational institutes. HEC has the opportunity to make a difference in Pakistan and bring us the much awaited ‘educational revolution’ at least, if not a ...

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One man’s wrong

Jamshed Dasti is perhaps the most hated person by politicians. Not because he featured in a controversy involving Mukhtaran Mai or because he was involved in a recent attack on doctors at a hospital. Not even because he got reelected through an official campaign after disqualification by the Supreme Court because of his fake degree. He is disliked by his colleagues because his fake degree paved the way for humiliation for many ‘honourable’ politicians in Pakistan. If Jamshed Dasti has committed a wrong by obtaining a fake degree, his fault has at the same time done ‘right’ for Pakistan. Had his ...

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Media is not a monster

It has become a custom to condemn the media. An unfair one if you ask me. I have worked for a news channel for almost three years now. Like any other institution, we have our flaws, but we have our strengths, mostly left unacknowledged. We have become connoisseurs of disparagement and misers when it comes to rewarding. Thank god we have the media to keep tabs on politicians, bureaucrats, policymakers etc. There is almost no decision made in the Prime Minister house now without the media involved. Almost every decision that is made by the government comes down to how ...

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What Jamshed Dasti taught our youth

 “I feel ashamed that I am in a country where a person who has committed terrible crimes is re-elected. It makes you lose hope, because we are working so hard for our degrees, yet there are those who do nothing, acquire fake degrees, and go far in their lives.  Its very discouraging and it makes you start looking for shortcuts.” These profoud words capture the very essence of the detrimental effects of our fractured political structure on our social strata. But these comments did not come from some famous party leader. Nor did they come from some respected scholar, or ...

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The final nail in our coffins

Thanks to the controversy sparked by MNA Jamshed Dasti the Supreme Court has ordered the Higher Education Commission to verify degrees submitted by senators and parliamentarians as per the law and constitution of this unfortunate country. Dasti’s degree was never officially proven false in court and he cleverly resigned when offered the chance to be re-elected to Parliament when a degree would no longer be mandatory. Dasti’s case has however, got his colleagues who do hold fake degrees into some trouble and some have had to resign from office. While the judiciary had inspired hope in Pakistan after a long time the fake degree issue has brought national morale to a new low, ...

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University of Panjab – anyone?

Some of our parliamentarians are being questioned on the authenticity of their academic degrees. How disgraceful that we have sitting lawmakers, most of whom might turn out to be complete frauds. Quite a few have master’s and bachelors’ degrees from an institution by the name of ‘University of Panjab’. Next thing we know, the rest will be from ‘Harward’ or ‘Priceton’. In that case, the majority of them will be qualified enough only to be disqualified. The Higher Education Commission has said that it will need three months to verify degrees of lawmakers from PPP, PML-Q and PML-N. The ...

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Degrees of reality

In the past two weeks, one of the issues to have gotten a lot of attention is that of fake degrees. From allegations to verifications to justifications, a lot of people have said a lot of things about parliamentarians who have made a space for themselves in the parliament to try to make a ‘real’ difference by using a fake degree. I recently read an article published in this newspaper about how the Punjab government had decided to remove the academic qualification for members of local zakat committees. The day after that, the Balochistan chief minister said fake or real, ...

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