Nation’s reputation tarnished: Altaf Hussain wants Axact chief’s name on Exit Control List

Published: May 20, 2015
Says those involved in the scam should be tried for treason. PHOTO: APP

Says those involved in the scam should be tried for treason. PHOTO: APP


Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain demanded that the names of Axact’s top officials including the CEO be placed on the Exit Control List (ECL), and that they be tried under Article 6 of the constitution for treason.

“If the allegations and revelations by The New York Times about Axact are true, then the passports of all the executives of the company should be confiscated and they should be placed on the ECL,” said Altaf in a press statement.

He demanded the prime minister and federal government take immediate notice and conduct an inquiry into the allegations of the software company selling fake degrees and earning millions. “Those involved should be tried for treason and convicted under Article 6. Traitors of the country should be given exemplary punishment so that no one dares to be involved in such unpatriotic acts.”

The MQM chief said that the Axact company had damaged the country’s integrity and committed treason, adding that the intelligence agencies were in the dark about this fraud committed by the company.

Meanwhile, Federal Information Minister Senator Pervaiz Rashid said that there was a dire need of making effective legislation to curb cybercrimes in the country.

Talking to a news channel, he said the information technology was a new sector at the national business arena and there was still room to improve the check and balance system.

Commenting on The New York Times report about the fake degrees business of Axact, the minister said it was because of the shortcomings in the existing laws dealing with cybercrimes.

He said there was no proper awareness about ‘e-business’ in Pakistan, even the educated community had little information about it. “Unfortunately, there is no law to deal with cybercrimes effectively,” he added.  Accordingly, Pervaiz Rashid said, a bill had been moved in parliament to prevent cybercrimes but it was lingering on due to difference of opinion among the political parties.

“The law will be enforced as soon as the bill gets the nod from the quarters concerned after which the elements involved in cybercrimes will be arrested,” he added.

Replying to a question, the minister said the government and law enforcement agencies were bound to take action when a crime surfaced.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 20th, 2015. 

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Reader Comments (28)

  • Bilal khan
    May 20, 2015 - 8:54AM

    Look who’s talking…Recommend

  • AW
    May 20, 2015 - 9:11AM

    Tears when Altaf Bhai says that!!!Recommend

  • pakistani
    May 20, 2015 - 9:15AM

    lol for a person who is involved in murder of thousands in karachi and money laundering from pak to london. Recommend

  • raider
    May 20, 2015 - 9:21AM

    note who is saying Recommend

  • JAM
    May 20, 2015 - 9:26AM

    Look who is talking..Recommend

  • baig
    May 20, 2015 - 9:33AM

    Mr Altaf you have started talking again, it was good when you were quiet !Recommend

  • Azi
    May 20, 2015 - 9:42AM

    Look who is talking about reputation. I can believe people actually support this person even after everything he has done. Its like this country never learns.Recommend

  • ABKhan
    May 20, 2015 - 9:43AM

    Lollll………… Who is talking about Nation’s reputation. This clown has made the nation laughing bag alreadyRecommend

  • Ahmad
    May 20, 2015 - 9:59AM

    Look, who is talking!!Recommend

  • wb
    May 20, 2015 - 10:08AM

    Is Pervez Rashid an idiot?

    Sorry to be rude, but a fraud is a fraud. You don’t need cyber laws to tackle a fraud of fake degrees.

    Pity that 180 million failures has failed to produce even a dozen with common sense.Recommend

  • tweety
    May 20, 2015 - 10:28AM

    Oh boy…..amazed at whoz suggestingRecommend

  • Rumormonger
    May 20, 2015 - 10:32AM

    The owners of Axact should die of shame. Even the crookedest are calling them crooks.Recommend

  • AK47
    May 20, 2015 - 10:48AM

    classic case of the pot calling the kettle blackRecommend

  • Fed Up
    May 20, 2015 - 10:55AM

    Dear Leader, please come back so you can also be placed on ECL. Recommend

  • goggi (Lahore)
    May 20, 2015 - 11:39AM

    Altaf is on ENTER CONTROL LIST! No airline would risk to fly him to Pakistan.Recommend

  • Demolition Woman
    May 20, 2015 - 11:44AM

    That’s rich: someone on the Entrance Control List advocating that someone be placed on the Exit Control List !Recommend

  • PapaTango
    May 20, 2015 - 12:18PM

    I am sorry @wb: 180 million failures? appreciate the cruel words but take them else where. Have you no shame? Do you even have a clue of the circumstances under which the vast majority of these people live? What does such a mean spirited comment say about YOU?Recommend

  • jock
    May 20, 2015 - 12:24PM

    He has mellowed down. He mostly recommends a public lynching by the closest light pole.Recommend

  • Noon Ghunna
    May 20, 2015 - 12:51PM

    Nation’s reputation tarnished which was built solely by Altaf HussainRecommend

  • AVMPolpot
    May 20, 2015 - 3:55PM

    ” Nation’s reputation tarnished:”
    Does anyone remember the British school that gave the ex President his Business Degree?:)Recommend

  • Baba Ladla
    May 20, 2015 - 4:32PM

    Altaf Hussain is the true spirit of intellectualism borne out of his years of painstaking struggle against the establishment. Recommend

  • mristan
    May 20, 2015 - 5:21PM

    RAW agent talkingRecommend

  • disgusted
    May 20, 2015 - 5:32PM

    Munafqat at its worst. The man is utterly beyond any repairs.Recommend

  • Bebe Claude Jean- Luc Bilodeau Dionerwitz
    May 20, 2015 - 7:04PM

    I think that the govt. knew about this company and its dealings from before but only are acting on it now because they want that horrible cyber crime law to be passed without any changes to it.Recommend

  • Aamir
    May 20, 2015 - 7:53PM

    the water buffalo has spoken again!!

  • hnr
    May 20, 2015 - 9:37PM

    To and already tarnished reputation this is only fuel to the gristRecommend

  • Pakistani
    May 20, 2015 - 9:38PM

    @Baba Ladla:
    Where was the pain area? Any idea. Did he have anything to do with Axact?Recommend

  • Zaid
    May 21, 2015 - 1:08PM

    The irony is strong hereRecommend

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