MULTAN: Former MNA Jamshed Dasti was finally released on Thursday after the Lahore High Court (LHC) set aside three-year jail term awarded to him in fake degree case, SAMAA reported.
On April 5, Dasti had filed an appeal in the LHC against the conviction by a district court. After which, the court quashed his sentence.
“I salute the independent judiciary, Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and the Lahore High Court who served the justice,” said Dasti while coming out from the Multan Central Prison amid showering of rose petals.
A large number of Dasti’s supporters were present on the occasion to celebrate his release.
While speaking to reporters, the charged Dasti announced to take part in elections from NA-177 and NA-178 of Muzaffargarh. Earlier, he had declared to quit politics after being disappointed.
“My mothers and sisters and my labourer brothers encouraged me to fight feudal lords and not let them oppress our people any more…Today is the day of victory for poor and the labourers,” Dasti affirmed, and hoped to win the historic general elections scheduled to be held on May 11.
Dasti’s nomination papers from NA-177 and 178 were rejected. He had announced to contest election against former foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar. But he was convicted over fake degree and declared disqualified. -SAMAA