ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court on Wednesday suspended the provincial assembly membership of Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) MPA Arif Mahmood Gill for holding fake degree and directed the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to proceed against him strictly in accordance with law.
A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and comprising Justice Jawwad S Khawaja and Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed heard the fake degree case.
Arif Mahmood Gill of PML-N was declared as winning candidate from PP-56, Samundry, Faisalabad, by securing 49,402 votes in general elections, held in May 2013. Muhammad Younas, a voter from the said constituency, however, had challenged the victory of Gill in the Supreme Court for holding fake degree.
On Wednesday, the court suspended the provincial assembly membership of Gill after Raja Aamir Abbas, counsel for the petitioner, produced before the court report of the District and Sessions Judge, Faisalabad wherein, intermediate degree of Gill was declared as fake.
Raja Aamir Abbas told the court that despite the fact Gill was disqualified under Article 62 and 63 of the Constitution, he was still a provincial assembly member.
During the hearing, the court also admonished Gill for providing wrong information pertaining to his degree and asked him as to why a contempt of court proceeding should not be initiated against him. Gill, however tendered apology before the court.
Meanwhile, the court suspended his provincial assembly membership and directed the Election Commission to proceed against him in accordance with law.