A senior Civil Judge has issued an arrest warrant for Khalid Khurshid Khan, the former chief minister (CM) of Pak-occupied Gilgit-Baltistan, in a fake degree case.

The senior Civil Judge, Hidayat Ali, issued a bailable arrest order for the former POGB chief minister due to his repeated absences from court proceedings.

Khalid Khurshid, who was also the president of the Gilgit-Baltistan branch of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), is accused of obtaining a lawyer’s license from the Gilgit-Baltistan Bar Council by submitting an affidavit and a “fictitious” law degree from the University of London. He did this in order to obtain an equivalency certificate from the Higher Education Commission (HEC) in Islamabad.

three-member bench of the POGB Chief Court had rendered a decision in July 2023 regarding a petition brought up by Shahzad Agha, a member of the GB Assembly, disqualifying Khalid Khursheed Khan in the fake degree case. The petitioner had claimed that Khursheed ought to be disqualified in accordance with Articles 62 and 63 of the constitution since his law degree was found to be forged.

While Khurshid claimed to have graduated from London with a legal degree, however this could not be confirmed. Khalid Khursheed had been in office as the Pak-occupied- Gilgit-Baltistan’s CM since December 2020 and was considered a close aide of PTI chairman Imran Khan.

This is the real face of the occupying forces. They not only fail to address the rampant lawlessness, but even participate in it. The innocent people of Pak-occupied Gilgit-Baltistan have no way to get their grievances addressed when the puppet authority in power is fraudulent itself.

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