By Hanif Samoon
BADIN: The district and sessions judge Badin, Mr Farooq Ahmed Abbasi on Wednesday convicted Bibi Yasmin Shah, the former Senator and PPP leader in Badin district , for two years.
The verdict was announced after she was found guilty of having fake school certificates. The court announced the verdict in the light of the pleas of the counsel of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) who claimed that it was officially confirmed and substatained that Bibi Yasmin Shah contested the elections by producing fake school certificates.
The judge also fined her Rs 5000 and failing which she will undergo another three months in jail. Police contingents of the police arrested Yasmin Shah and sent her to Hyderabad Central Jail to serve out her term ,soon after the verdict was pronounced.
Yasmin Shah, the wife of an influential political figure of Badin district and former provincial minister Syed Ali Bux aka Pappu Shah, was elected member of Senate of Pakistan during General Pervez Musharraf regime of the ticket of PML-Q for six years.
The couple had joined the Pakistan Peoples Party much before the general elections in 2018 and Ms Shah had filed her nomination papers to contest the elections against her rival Dr Fehmida Mirza from Badin district. Dr Mirza had first challenged her documents in Sindh High Court, which had allowed her to contest the elections but the Supreme Court in an order had disqualified her.
Earlier in July 2018 , hearing a petition filed by her political rival Dr Fehmida Mirza , Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar had pointed out that the PPP leader’s matriculation certificate bore the wrong name of her father. “We cannot allow such people to contest the elections,” he observed. Justice Nisar had ordered the officials of Election Commission of Pakistan to pursue the case against Ms Shah.