LAHORE-As the PML-N is expected to lose at least 10 parliamentary seats from Lahore in the near future on account of fake degrees of its legislators, the PPP is weighing its options to 'reap the fruits in the anticipated bye-elections by coming out of an old understanding reached with the PML-N, which prohibits the two parties not to put their candidates against each other in any by-poll, if the seat has been vacated by a candidate belonging to either of the two parties. It has been leant that PPPs top leadership is under pressure from its Lahore organisation to get its share of seats from Lahore, setting aside the policy of reconciliation with the PML-N. PPPs Lahore President Ch Asghar Gujjar reportedly took up the matter with Prime Minister Gilani during his last visit to the City, and was asked by the premier to wait till May 16. Commenting on the ensuing development, party insiders informed this scribe that PPP leadership was minutely watching the conduct of the PML-N towards the PPP in respect of coming bye-polls scheduled for May 16 for two national and three provincial seats. In NA-167 (Vehari), PP-206 (Lodhran) and PP-63 (Faisalabad), the PML-N has fielded its candidates against those of the PPP, while in Mazaffargarh, it is allegedly supporting Nawabzada Mansoor of the PDP against PPP candidate Jamshaid Dasti. If the PML-N tries to rig May 16 by-elections, then PPP may decide to put its candidates against those of the PML-N in expected by-polls from Lahore; but in case of good conduct by the Punjab government on polling day, the policy may be reviewed, observed a PPP source. It is to be noted that four PML-N MNAs, which include Malik Riaz, Afzal Khokar, Mian Marghoob and Sheikh Rohail Asghar are most likely to become casualty of the likely court decision declaring them disqualified from contesting elections for holding fake degrees. Six PML-N MPs from Lahore, including Allah Rakha, Ch Abdul Ghafoor and Khawaja Imran Nazir are also likely to meet the same fate. Rana Mubashir, another PML-N legislator from Lahore has already resigned from his Punjab Assembly seat fearing an adverse court decision on account of his bogus degree. A court verdict on fake degree holders is likely on Wednesday (today) as a larger bench of the apex court is taking up all petitions simultaneously challenging qualifications of legislators with bogus educational degrees. A writ petition has also been filed in the Lahore High Court against five PML-N women legislators, who allegedly contested last general election submitting fake degrees with the Election Commission of Pakistan. The petitioner, Rabia Ashraf has challenged qualification of Raheela Khadim Hussain, Saima Mohyyuddin, Mahmooda Sahi, Farah Deeba and Shagufta Sheikh.