Sharmila Farooqi sails through PhD entrance test from hospital


KARACHI: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Sharmila Farooqi, has aced the entrance test for PhD in Law without physically appearing in the exam. She was one of the 12 graduates who cleared the exam, the results for which were announced by Karachi University.

According to the media reports, Sharmila had submitted forms for the entrance exam, however, she could not show up for she was pregnant and was following the instructions of her doctors.

Justice (r) Ghaus Muhammad, the dean of Karachi University’s Law Department told a private media outlet that Sharmila had submitted a medical certificate and an application seeking exemption from physical appearance and the Vice Chancellor of Karachi University, Dr Ajmal and head of the admission committee, Ahmad Qadri was informed about the request of the political leader, following which the liberty to take the exam in the hospital was extended.

The educationist told that, on the occasion, four PhD scholars were also present and an oral test using a mobile phone was also conducted to inspect Sharmila.

“Sharmila had also passed LLB graduation from jail and there’s no restriction in appearing in exams from the hospital,” said the teacher.

It may be noted that the clarification came days after a large number of lawyers alleged that the PPP leader did not show up in the exams and yet passed successfully.

Although the university administration cites medical reasons for the rare incident, lawyers show suspicion over the move, saying there was a method to the madness of the special treatment meted out to the lawmaker.

One of the lawyers, Barrister Fayaz asserted that the politician passed the exam while others failed it despite striving hard.