ISLAMABAD (APP) - The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has forwarded a list of 298 lawmakers, who have not provided their supporting academic credentials for degrees verification, to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for further action. HEC Focal Person Rahim Bux Channa told APP that the HEC was unable to complete the verification process as 298 parliamentarians had not provided the required matriculation and intermediate degrees despite several reminders. The lawmakers include 112 members of the National Assembly, 102 of the Punjab Assembly, 10 each of Balochistan and Sindh assemblies and 43 of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly besides 21 senators. Channa said the degrees of 818 parliamentarians had been declared as genuine so far, while hearing of about 54 cases was in progress. The process was delayed due to the non-availability of documents which should have been completed till now. However, it was hoped that the ECP would issue letters to these lawmakers soon and they would extend their cooperation, Channa said. ECP Spokesman Afzal Khan informed APP that the commission would ask parliamentarians in written to submit their documents. The ECP had authority to ask lawmakers for provision of degree supplementary forms while the speakers of national and provincial assemblies could even take action against them if they did not follow rules and procedures, he said, adding that any lawmaker would be a fake graduate and liable to be referred to trial court if he/she holds any bogus degree in earlier educational career, he added.