Court fines petitioner challenging minister’s degrees


LAHORE: A Lahore High Court (LHC) election tribunal on Friday imposed a Rs 10,000 fine on petitioner Rana Tariq for not producing evidence against Punjab Food Minister Chaudhry Abdul Ghafoor whose educational degrees he has challenged. The
tribunal, during the petition’s last hearing, had directed Tariq to produce evidences and witnesses before a local commission for recording their statements but he failed to do so. The petitioner, who contested the 2008 general elections against Ghafoor on a Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) ticket from PP-161, had challenged FA and BA degrees of Ghafoor and sought his disqualification. The minister’s counsel also moved an application for the petition’s dismissal, as all documents annexed with the main petition were not duly attested.