Pakistan Supreme Court strikes down bachelor's degree requirement for lawmakers
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Pakistan Supreme Court strikes down bachelor's degree requirement for lawmakers - International Herald Tribune
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Pakistan's Supreme Court on Monday struck down a law requiring candidates for Parliament to have bachelor's degrees, clearing the way for the widower of former premier Benazir Bhutto to run for a seat and possibly prime minister.
The ruling was another sign of the dwindling influence of President Pervez Musharraf, who introduced the requirement in 2002, supposedly to improve the caliber of lawmakers.
Supreme Court Chief Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar said the provision was "declared to be void" after a seven-judge panel heard arguments that it discriminated against a large portion of the Pakistani population.
Bhutto widower Asif Ali Zardari, who took over the party leadership after his wife's December assassination, has indicated that he might run for a seat in Parliament in June. Zardari has said he has a degree, but its nature is uncertain and even his party had admitted it was not sure if Zardari would qualify under Pakistani law.
Zardari has not ruled out becoming prime minister at some point.
no more graduate politicians....
zardari saab would b our PM....loshay baba sainnn....
May Allah bless this country...