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Former PPP lawmaker Yasmeen jailed for two years in fake degree case

SINDH: Former lawmaker and Pakistan Peoples Party leader, Yasmeen Shah was sentenced to two years in prison in the fake degree case on Wednesday.

According to details, the court also imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 on her after finding her guilty of possessing a fake bachelor of arts degree. Yasmeen Shah was arrested following the pronouncement of the verdict and shifted to District Jail Hyderabad where she will serve her prison term.

Former National Assembly speaker Dr Fehmida Mirza had filed a petition against Yasmeen. The fake degree case against the former lawmaker was first heard by an election tribunal, which referred it to the district and sessions court for trial.

The ECP had disqualified Yasmeen Shah in the fake degree case and directed her to withdraw all the privileges from her. The ECP had then filed a reference in the District and Sessions Court Badin regarding the fake degree.

Earlier, in its detailed judgment, the ECP pointed out that Yasmeen had submitted a fake Bachelor of Arts degree at the time she was elected senator in 2003.

A five-member bench of the polls supervisory body headed by Chief Election Commissioner Justice (retd) Sardar Raza Khan heard the case. The bench canceled the notification through which Yasmeen was declared a senator.

Yasmeen Shah is the wife of former Sindh minister Syed Pappu Shah. She was elected senator on PML-Q ticket in 2003 while in 2015 Pappu Shah and his wife Yasmeen Shah quit the party and joined the PPP.