FIA takes Axact employees into custody, seizes equipment following Nisar’s orders

Published: May 19, 2015
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PHOTO: ATHAR KHAN/ EXPRESS

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PHOTO: ATHAR KHAN/ EXPRESS Senate takes up issue, says Axact's management must provide explanation. PHOTO COURTESY: FORBES

ISLAMABAD: Around 45 Axact employees were arrested on Tuesday as Federal Investigation Agency raided the offices of the software company in Karachi and the twin cities.

The move came shortly after Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar ordered FIA to probe into the special report published by The New York Times alleging the software company was earning tens of millions of dollars by selling fake degrees around the world.

“If the said company is involved in any such illegal work which can tarnish the good image of the country in the world”, a ministry statement said.

Soon after, FIA teams comprising IT experts sealed Axact’s offices in the twin cities and registered a formal inquiry into the Axact scandal, sources privy to the development told Express News.

Read: INYT special report: Fake degrees earn company millions

According to Express News, employees were evacuated from the software company’s head office in Islamabad. Further, around 45 employees were rounded up, including HR and PR managers, to be taken to FIA headquarters.

The arrested Axact employees were shifted to FIA’s cyber-crime wing office.

Axact office in Karachi. PHOTO: ATHAR KHAN/ EXPRESS

The seven-member FIA team also seized hard disks, computers, other electronic equipment and documents belonging to the IT firm. The bags and mobile phones of department heads in Islamabad have also been seized.

“A report will be compiled after carrying out digital analysis to ascertain if the electronic equipment was used for illegal activities,”sources said.

After gathering evidence and rounding up employees, the FIA team is now headed to the software company’s second office in the capital.

The FIA also raided Axact’s call centre in Rawalpindi and seized voice call recorders and other devices. Axact’s call centre regional director Colonel (retd) Jamil was taken into custody.

A second team under the supervision of FIA Deputy Director Kamran Attaullah has raided Axact’s Karachi headquarters.

The FIA teams have left Axact’s Karachi headquarters. Speaking to the media after the raid, Deputy Director Kamran Attaullah said, “Investigations are still underway. We will let you know further details later.”

“Nobody has been arrested from the Karachi office,” he added.

Deputy Director Kamran Attaullah leaves Axact office in Karachi. PHOTO: ATHAR KHAN/ EXPRESS

Sources privy to the development added, the FIA teams seized HR and accounts records.

The FIA official present at the Axact office in Islamabad refused to comment on whether they employees were being detained or arrested when asked by an Express News correspondent.

The FIA team will seal two servers in Axact’s Karachi office. “The main two servers operate all of Axact’s activities worldwide,” a source added.

Deputy Director of the FIA’s Cyber Crime wing Zain was currently present with members of his team at the Karachi office.

Officials at the FIA swooped on the Karachi headquarters of the company, confiscating computers and records and expelling employees from the building, a member of the raiding party told AFP on condition of anonymity.

Employees stand outside Axact office in Karachi. PHOTO: ATHAR KHAN/ EXPRESS

A similar operation at the company’s Rawalpindi office has resulted in two arrests, an official there said, but later clarified they were being quizzed and had not been charged with a crime.

“The raid is still ongoing,” Mehmoodul Hassan, acting director of the FIA’s Cyber Crime Wing, told AFP.

“Our team is gathering evidence. Our director general will release all details about the raid once it’s completed.”

“The first phase of the probe will investigate the allegations leveled by the New York Times against Axact, while the second phase will look at technical aspects of the investigation,” the source said.

Axact administration blocked the road in front of their office in Karachi’s Defence area after media representatives arrived.

It is said the investigation will be supervised by Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar.

Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) has initiated a probe into the allegations against Axact. A meeting is currently under way in Islamabad following the raids at the company’s offices.

Further, FIA believes Axact also operates from Lahore and has asked the company to immediately give them details of their offices in the city.

Axact, that has pledged to build a media empire, faced tough criticism on Monday after The New York Times said it was earning tens of millions of dollars by selling fake degrees around the world.

Nisar took notice of the NYT report which claimed that Axact ran a fake education empire that involved paid actors promoting fictitious universities and even fake State Department authentication certifications bearing the signature of John Kerry.

The report, which quoted former employees and analysed more than 370 websites of fake universities, accreditation bodies and other purported institutions, sparked a wave of criticism on social media even as the company denied wrongdoing.

Meanwhile, FIA’s inquiry committee meeting presided by DG FIA Shahid Hayat has decided that the case against Axact will be transferred from the department’s cybercrime circle to its corporate circle. Experts from the cybercrime circle will cooperate, however.

Senate takes up the matter

On Tuesday, the issue was also taken up in the Senate where Senator Aitzaz Ahsan pointed out the issue and said that the management of company has the right to give explanation.

“It is unfortunate that Pakistan is being defamed,” the senator said, adding that CEO Axact Shoaib Shaikh and his TV has the right to clarify.

“But it seems that the story that has been published is true,” Ahsan said. He termed the issue as a matter of grave concern.

The senator said that we should take notice of Pakistanis being so experts in forgery.

On the suggestion of Ahsan, Chairman Raza Rabbani constituted a committee to probe into the issue and submit a report in a month.

“This is an important issue and investigation needs to be conducted,” Rabbani said.

Axact’s response

Soon after the report was published, a message on Axact’s website declared the story “baseless, substandard, maligning, defamatory, and based on false accusations” and added it would sue The New York Times.

The company has said it will launch a news channel named Bol this year, which has already lured many of Pakistan’s top TV anchors and journalists with reportedly the highest salaries in the market.

Read: Axact threatens to sue Pak Tea House for rounding up Twitter reactions

According to the report, Axact created a series of fake websites involving “professors” and students who were in fact paid actors.
The “university” websites mainly route their traffic through servers run by companies registered in Cyprus and Latvia, and employees would plant fictitious reports about Axact universities on CNN iReport, a website for citizen journalism.

The article cited clients from the US, Britain and the United Arab Emirates who had paid sums ranging from thousands to hundreds of thousands of dollars for their degrees — with some believing the universities were real and they would soon receive coursework.

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  • datacenter
    May 19, 2015 - 12:39PM

    So, our authorities were waiting for the past 15 years for NYT article to start investigation….interesting……Recommend

  • pakistani
    May 19, 2015 - 12:49PM

    “and added it would sue The New York Times.”

    and we are waiting for that time. The thing is, it will never happen i.e suing. We know and Axact management know, they are at fault here.

    How come FIA never noticed this?Recommend

  • May 19, 2015 - 1:05PM

    What ever Axact say they don’t have any product in market which can generate millions. This issue need to be investigated. If they are present in 130 countries they don’t have single office outside of Pakistan. Also axact owen website and “sedaxat”, “bolnetwork” website leads to same hosting server and those fake university sites are also hosted on same server “http://hostinglance.com/” which looks like also owned by axact and this website also look fake like other university websites.

    Details http://www.pakistanprobe.com/2015/05/proof-axact-website-and-fake-university-websites-are-owned-by-Axact-itself.htmlRecommend

  • PakForze
    May 19, 2015 - 1:17PM

    Rest assure Axact is in big trouble.. as world’s most prestigious newspaper couldnt publish/ plant a story without any homework/ solid proofs! Even if the FIA fails to nail it, the truth will come out as FBI too investigating it!Recommend

  • Mekayel
    May 19, 2015 - 1:19PM

    Utter shame for Pakistani’s. Was proud of Pakistani entrepreneurs which we are still off but the news and investigation done by NYT has shattered and damaged the whole image of us. The act of selling fake degrees is something worse then terrorism. How can they possibly do it so openly and with confidence. Using John Kerry’s name as a signatory and calling themselves to be the leading IT company of Pakistan. Not even a single IT product is associated with AXACT, they have acted like traitors. Feel pity for all those people who are associated with them. Hope justice will be done and Pakistan will yet again stand with confidence and self respect. Recommend

  • kickass
    May 19, 2015 - 1:23PM

    Did he check with Ishaq Dar first? I don’t think so. Well let’s wait and see.Recommend

  • Ayesha
    May 19, 2015 - 1:43PM

    Shoaib Ahmed Shaikh, the CEO of Axact did his MBA from Karachi’s most prestigious IBA and paid Rs: 26 as personal income tax in 2014. Is this the type of so called crooks our good educational insitutions are producing in Pakistan? Bill Gates was a high school drop out but his achivements can not be matched with big degree holders around the world. Its not the degree which makes people brain works positively and honestly – its the application, dedication and hard work. Stop seeking high degrees and judge people from their inner ability.Recommend

  • Malatesh
    May 19, 2015 - 1:44PM

    I wonder what will happen to thousands of fake degree holders working in different companies now.. Each and every person should be stripped from their job so that future generation will learn lesson and concentrate on their studies.Recommend

  • May 19, 2015 - 1:50PM

    Also investigate why did the DHA allow them to build the tallest building in the area which is totally against the by-laws.Recommend

  • AVMPolpot
    May 19, 2015 - 1:51PM

    “illegal work which can tarnish the good image of the country in the world””
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    good image huh??Recommend

  • hassan
    May 19, 2015 - 1:55PM

    publication of this article in nyt is the response of ppp to possible sindh operation. they know axact connection with armed forces and want to blackmail them.i have no doubt nyt times published this on asif zardai direction and links with us agencies. so now war is official i am with armed forces.Recommend

  • Hairaan
    May 19, 2015 - 1:56PM

    Before it was AXACT that made money and now it’s FIA’s turn to mint the dollars. Recommend

  • Zack
    May 19, 2015 - 2:10PM

    Axact is exact. They are genuinely professionalsRecommend

  • Zack
    May 19, 2015 - 2:11PM

    I support AxactRecommend

  • H. Khan
    May 19, 2015 - 2:24PM

    Where were the investigative journalist of Pakistan.NYT broke this mega shameful scandel
    The CEO paid Rs 26 as tax,where was FBR.Did they not notice the big buildings and all the cars that were parked across the AXACT buliding
    How shameful…..Recommend

  • Muneeb_Hanif
    May 19, 2015 - 2:30PM

    Bol is the rival of geo and express group(which are primary media supporters of the current govt.) i think govt. intervention is only to stop BOL from ever happenning…because everyone knows this has been happening since the birth of AXACTRecommend

  • Timorlane
    May 19, 2015 - 2:52PM

    @Ayesha: After having worked with dozens of such grads from such

    “prestigious” institutes I’m convinced what they produce is un-creative

    corny crones in bulk who can not think anything innovative except

    following the indistry cliches or indulging in fraudulent parcticesRecommend

  • zafarullah
    May 19, 2015 - 3:14PM

    @Mekayel: very true.Recommend

  • zafarullah
    May 19, 2015 - 3:15PM

    @Ayesha: Indeed very trueRecommend

  • Maaz
    May 19, 2015 - 3:29PM

    “world’s most prestigious newspaper”

    Are you kidding me ??

    Out of nowhere the whole bunch of fools started following the propaganda with out seeing any proofs. We have lost our Rational and logicial thinking guys. Why don’t every single of you connects the events happening before this. Bol network is about to launch in a few days. Why every media house awakes suddenly from their deep sleep ? Even if Axact is hiding something, why are we talking it now why not after launch of bol why never did before ?? Something is fishy here.Recommend

  • Ali
    May 19, 2015 - 3:29PM

    Can’t be concluded at this stage. ET is making headline of this news only, could be professional prejudice also.Recommend

  • Saleem
    May 19, 2015 - 3:32PM

    @Timorlane … ummm and when is the vehicle launching to Venus that you ‘invented’ ? Point being , look at your own self before judging others.Recommend

  • Mohsin Haider
    May 19, 2015 - 3:32PM

    @Timorlane: passing such an irresponsible blanket statement for all students is moronic to say the least. IBA grads have always been at key leadership positions in the corporate sector and include the likes of Asad Umer. Please use a little sanity while passing such comments…Recommend

  • oBSERVER
    May 19, 2015 - 3:38PM

    It is impossible to run a scam of this magnitude for so long without complicity of a minister, MNA/MPA or someone from PMLN or PPPZ.Recommend

  • oBSERVER
    May 19, 2015 - 3:41PM

    @Malatesh:
    Serves them right.Recommend

  • Demolition Woman
    May 19, 2015 - 4:03PM

    @Saleem: For starters, Timorlane needs to learn to spell correctly before he blasts off into space on his magical mystery tour.Recommend

  • A
    May 19, 2015 - 4:06PM

    Axact has been doing this all for the past many years. There is no conspiracy,this is true they are involved in degree selling business over the years, a few of my known worked there and left because of the very reason.

    Affectees are from all around the world. What a shame this man has brought to us. Shoaib Ahmed Shaikh should be hanged. Recommend

  • Wahab
    May 19, 2015 - 4:10PM

    Its too early to react and the company is too big to ignore. Lets the local investigation be completed as the investigators of NYT also seems to have a shoddy background.Recommend

  • MJ
    May 19, 2015 - 4:25PM

    @Maaz:
    The fishy thing is the war of big tycoons. The ones who are established already have the power to do whatever they can to get rid of competitor. About the wrongdoings of Axact…no body had the doubt about that but bad part is why local agencies didn’t act earlier. Its like someone outsider tells you get your house in order.Recommend

  • Saad Naeem
    May 19, 2015 - 4:27PM

    @Ayesha:

    Bill gates was not a high school drop out. He was a drop out from harvard. There is a big difference!Recommend

  • AJ
    May 19, 2015 - 4:37PM

    @Maaz:
    You seem to be a typical conspiracy theorist !!Recommend

  • Raheel
    May 19, 2015 - 4:38PM

    Arresting Employees doesn’t make sense.Recommend

  • Ahuman
    May 19, 2015 - 4:46PM

    Truth will reveal more truths.
    Anyone who want to get passed in the exams without studying, he can easily do this in Sindh especially Karachi.Recommend

  • WhiskyRisky
    May 19, 2015 - 4:49PM

    I have a very simple question what action government has taken against the politicians against whom a number of corruption reports have been published in foreign newspapers. I am all in for the action against AXACT but why no action against Lords of corruption who sit in our national and provincial assemblies. Recommend

  • Yousi
    May 19, 2015 - 5:15PM

    Well, after seeing such a high profile (offices, staff, pool) existence of Axact, I asked my IT Manager about their Business set-up… He was clueless… And thats about 3 to 4 years ago.Recommend

  • kaami
    May 19, 2015 - 5:23PM

    @Shahid:
    ET wont publish my comments but the fact is that they have the blessing of the INVISIBLE hands who can even topple the democratically elected govt.Recommend

  • Billy
    May 19, 2015 - 5:25PM

    As a former employee, I’d like to clear all doubts people may have about the authenticity of this website. Everything written on this report is as true as the fact that the sun sets in the east. There are a lot of parties involved, a lot of politics involved and hence this matter was never put up. However, because an international news paper exposed this company’s dirty little secret, people are now daring to speak up because that report cannot be disputed. It has too many facts to ignore. As for local parties, anyone raising a voice against this company is sued and employees could even be jailed for speaking against it. Trust me. Recommend

  • May 19, 2015 - 5:35PM

    False!!
    The top most quality of Pakistanis is they believe in whatever is shown to them, axact being a leading IT company pays exclusive salaries with huge perks and has build the assets of billions in Karachi and Twin cities. Where was the law or the FIA when the company was born or even started to earn this big.
    This is a political era I believe people are just puppets handled by vicious tycoons eager for money and power.Recommend

  • Patriotic
    May 19, 2015 - 5:51PM

    What a great work done by Ch. Sahab. this Axact company touched the sky within a few months after they started their operations in pakistan. They are involved in Pornoghraphy and degree mill cases.

    I am sure they will be involved in other fraud cases like Taxation, telecommunication frauds and all other illegal work related to I.T industry.

    Well done Ch.Sahab for taking such a exact and bold action.Recommend

  • Imran
    May 19, 2015 - 5:52PM

    I am sure that NYT news is 99.9% correct, these are professional and responsible for any news. Axact is axactly bad company, it should be heavy fine, punishment who are involved and siezed this company, they have defamed PakistanRecommend

  • shehzad
    May 19, 2015 - 6:19PM

    @Saad Naeem: There are 2500 graduates of Harvard every year and more thousand more from MIT and Stanford… So surely those tens of thousands of graduates are higher achievers than a drop-out like gates?Recommend

  • Ali S
    May 19, 2015 - 6:22PM

    @Ayesha:

    Bill Gates wasn’t a high school dropout. He was a Harvard dropout (one of the finest universities in the world) – huge difference. Everything about this Shoaib Ahmad Shaikh guy screams ‘con job’ – just listen to him speak, he can’t carry a conversation in grammatically sound English without a script.Recommend

  • OBSERVER
    May 19, 2015 - 6:47PM

    why so prompt action by interior minister and FIA? Some thing fishy…why such action was not taken in the money laundering by Ayyan … Recommend

  • AyazK
    May 19, 2015 - 6:55PM

    Declan Walsh is no ordinary journalist. A friend journalist of mine knows him personally and praises him for his honesty. He will never write something based on speculations, in fact if this latest article is read carefully he cites proofs from four different continents. Besides, NYT has an entire legal department that will think and verify several times before publishing such a piece. Axact has been rightly exposed. They know about Declan very well and yet they repeatedly reffered to him as ‘some’ journalist in their response to these allegations as if he was an ordinary low-paid guy seeking a breakthrough in his journalism career at the cost of his credibility. It hurts how we were promissed so much in the name of Bol and what it really turns out to be.Recommend

  • Reality
    May 19, 2015 - 6:57PM

    Where were SECP, FBR and FIA during the last decade. Something fishy is going around. The stakeholders of A’X’ACT might be looking for some fame in the international market, so that BOL can be launched with bigger audience.Recommend

  • YST
    May 19, 2015 - 7:47PM

    Axact launching BOL network. Who will get hurt with the launch of BOL? Mainly GEO…? Geo supports which party or you can say Geo is media partner of which political party? PMLN…If they are doing wrong things from past 19 years then why were not they highlighted. If you join all pieces then you will come to know why Ch. Nisar is making effort to nail down Axact…Recommend

  • Zain
    May 19, 2015 - 8:02PM

    Shameless act by the govt. NYT is not word of god, the govt should have done some investigation first before confiscating assets and leaving all employees hanging with a hope of getting back on work. One article in a newspaper was not important than thousands of households and image of an organization. Even if Axact is doing all that, the govt should have acted maturely and should have done their own investigation before taking this action. Recommend

  • Watergate
    May 19, 2015 - 8:02PM

    People….lets analyze this from the other point of view. Some say its fabricated…some say its true but no has pointed out that if the institutions that were highlighted in earlier reports do actually exist then there would be a mayhem going on in US courts and other countries courts right now to sue NY times. Seems like all 100+ institutions are quiet at the same time. Do the math.Recommend

  • Bewildered
    May 19, 2015 - 8:40PM

    Another BCCI like scam. The problem is not fake degrees, as there are hundreds others in this business. The problem is a Pakistani company outsmarting the European and American competitors in the field and sending the proceeds to Pakistan instead keeping it in the Western banks, just like the BCCI did and got shutdown. Have the drugs stopped selling and the drug money stopped moving after BCCI closure? And loo and behold, the Pakistani vultures, as expected, found the opportunity to get rid of this threatening competition, and joined the kill campaign.Recommend

  • Shehryar
    May 19, 2015 - 9:07PM

    In late 2014, i happened to be in contact with this bogus and utterly fraudulent degree/MBA sellers as a client.. i was in contact with them for a continuous period of 2 months as a client.. whatever interaction i had with them over this length of time.. in the end their side of the story did not quite add up to any plausible logic for me to ahead and obtain an MBA from their so called “University” based in the US. once i was convinced that this whole thing is fraudulent.. their “faculty heads” began to get desperate and tried to use pressure tactics to lure me into “purchasing” an MBA off the shelf.. every single corrupt practice should be rooted out of our land of the PURE.. Please begin with the politicians first because they are in the public eye every day. It is very sad to see my Country as a whole going in this direction. absolutely shameful Recommend

  • Asif Maalik
    May 19, 2015 - 9:26PM

    It is a universal fact that everyone is innocent until proven guilty. I think Axact scandal has been arranged to publish in NYT by those media houses who are afraid of its upcoming TV channel “BOL” as all news bulletins and talk shows are highlighting and sensationalizing this story. BOL was hiring journalists and anchor persons from big media houses offering highest unbelievable salary packages and old players in the field neither wanted to lose their man-power nor prepared to give competitive packages. I can predict the cancellation of BOL license but one should not forget the force behind this organization. So another episode of civil-military tussle is going to be happened. Recommend

  • syed ashad shah
    May 19, 2015 - 10:08PM

    Axact is fake company they dont have any product all Recommend

  • Munir Varraich
    May 19, 2015 - 10:08PM

    This NYT article and its timing is a part of the “Big Game”.

    Ch.Nisar response is sensible and timely. It is not Axact’s reputation as a company but at stake is also the reputation of the State of Pakistan. This is a replay of 9/11. The target was Pakistan but the attack at that time was sensibly deflected. The last 14 years campaign to defame Pakistan Armed Forces, by a section of international media having failed to materialize, here is another SALVO fired at Pakistan. Rest assured we have the ability to counter this latest attack. Recommend

  • Uza Syed
    May 19, 2015 - 11:17PM

    A man of dubious character and questionable activities in Pakistan gets kicked out would certainly have scores to settle with us and our country. Here he goes: manufactures certain ‘facts’ and alleges a company operating in the cyberspace, allegedly based here. We thoughtlessly react. Our home minister, mostly too slow to appear when expected to answer failings of his ministry regularly. One might like to, or should be asking him about the legality of his orders and his forces action, do the laws in Pakistan obligate the authorities to seek search warrants and arrest warrants or have reduced Pakistan to the level of some fiefdom run by some hyperactive individuals with mega egos. The interior minister must check the circumstances of this man Declan whatever being expelled from Pakistan, why did we kick him out. Unless someone is caught in some serious anti Pakistan activities, we would not ask her/him to get out, would we. This man Declan is such a character and he has done a serious damage to us Pakistanis by alleging us complicit and even our guilt. Most of us are suspects now, irrespective of our callings and claims. Hasn’t he made it sound like most Pakistanis are holding such fake academic qualifications as this company is allegedly granting in form of fake degrees etc. Imagine the implications here, this man has inflicted a serious blow to the integrity of most of us wherever we happened to be working in whatever profession and position. Shame on this our common enemy Walch and also shame on NYT to allow this mud slinging, and shame on all the Pakistani media houses for becoming an instrument in their hands and using this for preempt a potential competitor, for the planned Bol-TV certainly threatened most if not all of these channels.Recommend

  • fifo
    May 20, 2015 - 12:59AM

    BCCI Bank revisited 30 years on. Done purposely to wipe out the competitor.Recommend

  • Kalimullah
    May 20, 2015 - 5:53AM

    For REAL education, go to a madrassa.Recommend

  • Fareh
    May 20, 2015 - 5:59AM

    @Ayesha:
    Thank youRecommend

  • Ibrahim
    May 20, 2015 - 6:05AM

    Oops. Salman butt moment Recommend

  • satender rajput
    May 20, 2015 - 8:40AM

    This is the only thing in which Pakistanis are good at- forgery.Recommend

  • chris
    May 20, 2015 - 8:46AM

    Innocent until proven guilty we can all have our own perspective of this whole scenario. Questions that should be raised are ” why has it taken so long to state the company is guilty of wrong doings by this government or previous governments and the law enforcement agencies, that too after a ghair mulki akhbar has raised this issue? Is Declan Walsh even a credible source given his past record taking Pakistan into consideration? Lets just suppose they are guilty can any other company provide the same perks n privileges to its employees provided by this group which mind you is far better than any where in the world let alone Pakistan? And shoaib Ahmed sheikhs money came from these wrong doings what makes you think with that huge amount he can’t buy the system with just a fraction of his fortune?

    Having worked in the bpo / call center / customer service industry for over the past 15 years both with multinational companies and freelance one thing in damn sure about is that any thing happening in a boo is strictly administered by the fia cyber crime wing regularly. They weren’t as vigilant previously as they’ve been in the past 5 years. So I doubt this company is guilty of the charges and if they are it negligence on the part of the authorities that have brushed it under the mat for so long and should be held accountableRecommend

  • JA
    May 20, 2015 - 9:09AM

    @Bewildered
    I fully endorse your comments, in fact you expressed first what I am going to write here, Axact is a second BCCIRecommend

  • AA
    May 20, 2015 - 9:16AM

    Although I am against selling degrees, but the way they shut down Axact business before anything is proved or even has any evidence if the wrong doing. This never happened in the democratic world. There are hundreds of companies selling certificates and degrees in the world. As long as they do not forge someone else certificate or degree and sell their own there is no restriction on it, no law on earth call it a crime. Its a free market economy. How could FIA barged and arrest people like that, what crime was framed, how a fictitious name of a university be called fake. Are they claiming to be accreditation that they do not have. Even accreditation authorities are private entities, any one can establish one, and if they used one of their own how can that be called fake or illegal ? under which law ? The sorry state of affairs in Pakistan is violation of human rights by government agencies in the name of law. If there is a violation of the law, should a government agency act by violating all the laws itself ? Not in democracies.Recommend

  • Cruiser
    May 20, 2015 - 10:07AM

    Just to make Pakistan a escape goat. When whole chain of international collaborators involved in the fraudulent business ,Only Pakistan earned the bad name. Our media house and Internal ministry has made the hype rather than doing silently.Recommend

  • Ayesha
    May 20, 2015 - 1:37PM

    Thank you to all who have corrected me that Bill Gates was Harward drop-out and not High School. I had visited Silicon Valley in 1986 and had met some of the most down to earth dedicated IT professionals with NO crimnal minds. Our IBA Grad, Shoaib Ahmed Shaikh “SAS” has sent “SOS” to thousands of young Pakistani graduates employees and have destroyed the IT industry of Pakistan.Recommend

  • May 20, 2015 - 2:40PM

    Chairman & CEO Axact & BOL Group, Mr. Shoaib Ahmed Shaikh’s Response to Fake Degree Allegations – See more at: http://www.vidzclip.com/#sthash.4dvntygh.dpufRecommend

  • imran
    May 20, 2015 - 3:06PM

    They are involved in pornography. I heared it many years before. Too much pay for doing nothing for the employeesRecommend

  • anonymous 3
    May 20, 2015 - 10:56PM

    I have worked with many call centres, i had many friends that has been previously worked with Axact, they not only generate fake degrees, they are also involved in many bad practices, running sex sites, they have built in software of different universities arround the world, and can award u any sort of degree at a blink of an eye. Its jus the beginning of endRecommend

  • globalobserver
    May 21, 2015 - 12:09PM

    This scam is so huge in scale and too sophisticated for just a few guys to cook-up and manage. The original article by Declan Welsh referred to the possibility of the Pakistani intelligence agencies as the real brains behind the scam that has harvested hundreds of millions of dollars.Recommend

  • Syed jaffar
    May 22, 2015 - 10:01AM

    Results of FIA will tell us how much they are capable or how much there is justice in the system, pakistan’s image has been tarnished by a pakistani company but awam arelike angraiz ppropaganda get your fact straight any one from that firms knows what its doing and whole karachi knows about its scam. Here are people saying its baseless, open your eyes its matter of your nations imageand of iinvestigating authorities. Justifying there are hundreds of businesses is pathetic because no other business has this much impact nor they were operating in Pakistan. Saying this is media propaganda awam bol channel is best and I hope it becomes a way best channel but there exists that scam what you think of that should it be left alone continue to defame your country your national image. Recommend

  • VKG
    May 22, 2015 - 10:52AM

    @Ayesha: Who told you that Bill Gates was a High school dropout. He was studying at Harvard when he started developed DOS. Recommend

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