Supreme Court orders verification of lawyers’ degrees

  • Verification process will take place at the additional registrar’s office

ISLAMABAD – The Supreme Court of Pakistan has ordered the country-wide verification of lawyers’ degrees from 2005 onwards.

The directives were issued as Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice Saqib Nisar heard a suo motu case regarding the verification of degrees.

The top judge directed that the verification process will take place at the additional registrar’s office, sending jitters through the legal fraternity, brimming with ‘black sheeps’.

He also directed the Higher Education Commission to provide assistance in this regard.

In May this year, while hearing a case related to the fake degrees of airline employees, the chief justice had remarked that senior counsel Hamid Khan should also see how many lawyers have fake degrees

Khan answered in the affirmative when asked if lawyers’ degrees should be verified.

“You can direct the bar associations to furnish these details,” the chief justice had directed further.

The august court later took suo motu on the issue and directed all bar councils across the country to furnish a response in a month.

The hearing of the case was adjourned until July 10.