Exodus from Bol begins over Axact scandal

Published: May 23, 2015
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Journalists belonging to Axact’s media initiative Bol Network began dissociating themselves from the network late on Saturday, days after a NYT report revealed the company was running the world’s largest fake diploma mill.

Senior journalist Kamran Khan was the first to announce his decision to resign from Bol Network on  Twitter.

Read: Fake diplomas, real cash: Pakistani company Axact reaps millions

The journalist tweeted: “Charges against Axact far from proven in court but my conscience not letting me continue. I’ve decided to disassociate from Bol immediately.”

Shortly after Kamran’s resignation, Azhar Abbas, Iftikhar Ahmed, Wajahat Khan, Asma Shirazi and Nusrat Javeed also tweeted that they have resigned from the network.

Earlier during the day, Shirazi tweeted that she will resign immediately if allegations against Bol are proven true.

Nusrat Javeed tweeted “Although I strongly feel that my colleagues in media rushed to pass final judgement regarding our relations with Bol. Yet I am quitting.”

He respected sentiments of his colleague Mushtaq Minhas who announced that he could not abandon the channel’s staff and will be staying on.

Jasmeen Manzoor too announced that she was staying with Bol, for now.

Hours before his resignation Kamran tweeted that many ‘respected senior journalists,’ including himself, were reviewing their decision to stay at Bol or not.

Read: Senior journalist Kamran Khan resigns from Geo

Earlier, a political analyst tweeted that the two ‘main pillars’ of Bol network would tender their resignations soon in an apparent reference to senior journalists Kamran Khan and Azhar Abbas.

Further, earlier, Wajahat Khan also tweeted he was consulting his mentors and family whether to stay at the network or not.

Reacting to the news, many took a jibe at the journalists for not doing homework before joining the network.

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Reader Comments (26)

  • raider
    May 23, 2015 - 8:04PM

    he keeps no credibility, he has been part of pro-pmln propaganda in the past, so many controversial stories he broke keeping in view his own and his media house s political tilt, do you think being president of BOL, he was unaware about this international fraud Recommend

  • ahsan
    May 23, 2015 - 9:24PM

    they speak as if they have conscienceRecommend

  • Hasnain haider
    May 23, 2015 - 9:26PM

    Oh Come on Sir you are not a kid so don’t try to be childish.Is this the true definition of sincerity.U are associated with BOL for about 2 years and now u are realizing that they are swindlers and fraud.That is well actually the joke of year.Can’t believe journalist like u can be betrayed easily whose life has passed covering stories of fraud and cheating.Money is not everything would be loyal and stand with the decision u made before 2 years. Recommend

  • Ali S
    May 23, 2015 - 9:35PM

    And it’s over. I have every reason to believe the allegations against Axact – apart from the credibility of NYT and its evidence, a brief personal investigation on Instagram revealed an Axactian’s computer screen running the chat room of ‘WalesBridge University’. Also check out former employees’ reviews of them on Glassdoor.com, several of them talk about fake degrees from as far back as 2012.

    The Bol-Axact nexus and its clown prince CEO (the guy is just loathsome in every aspect) will finally be dumped in the foul-smelling dustbin of epic-scams-gone-bad where they belong.Recommend

  • Declan Pakistani
    May 23, 2015 - 9:54PM

    Its so sad , people are tweeting Shame shame on people who have left BOL , its their right to join and resign from any organization .

    Where were these fellows when these guyz left their previous channels in any circumstances channels which made them famous and then joined BOL

    then no body said shame shame .

    Shame on those who are calling shame shame Recommend

  • Fawad
    May 23, 2015 - 11:03PM

    So axact had been declared guilty by our media, specially ET, even before the inquiry. Only happens in Pakistan. I do not know whether they are guilty or not but i know for sure that our media channels have been unjust and biased. Shame on our media. Recommend

  • Ahmad bin Billah
    May 23, 2015 - 11:18PM

    All of these journalists knew very well that Bol was making money through various sources. They are now pretending as naive and caught by surprise. If there was not a media storm, they would have never resigned. They went there for heft salaries and money, just like anchors of other tv channels switching loyalties every other month for a little more money. There is no professional journalism in Pakistan, all of them are vultures. Look at home much taxes do they pay, and how much wealth they have amassed. Fake personalities, fake people.Recommend

  • Noman
    May 24, 2015 - 12:33AM

    Saving their skin. Nothing else.

    They will reappear somewhere else, like so many others and people will forget. That is the real tragedy.

    Resigning when discovered. If most people in Karachi knew what Axact was up to, how did this lot did not know?Recommend

  • Zak
    May 24, 2015 - 12:50AM

    Good work NYT for exposing these truth prevailers. What I seek is actually the rape of journalism it shows how morally corrupt these journalist are they go for money do for money and die for money if this is our journalism then watching them is all lies no one can trust them further and more they should also be investigated.Recommend

  • Zak
    May 24, 2015 - 12:51AM

    Good work NYT for exposing these truth prevailers. What I seek is actually the rape of journalism it shows how morally corrupt these journalist are they go for money do for money and die for money if this is our journalism then watching them is all lies no one can trust them further and more they should also be investigatedRecommend

  • May 24, 2015 - 2:10AM

    “Senior journalist Kamran Kamran was the first to announce his decision to resign from Bol Network on Twitter.”

    Who’s this new senior journalist Kamran Kamran, Tribune?Recommend

  • Sultan
    May 24, 2015 - 2:20AM

    top leadership in all spheres of life in pakistan is corrupt to the core. Political leadership, media, the justice system, the vice chancellors and everyone have axes to grind. Nepotism, shortcuts, thuggery and strong arms twisting have now become hall marks of our society. Where do we ordinary hardworking ppl go now? Recommend

  • Paki
    May 24, 2015 - 3:26AM

    Strange why top Pakistani investigative journalists need to wait till NY times report, to know about dubious activities of their employers. All these guys are capable enough to dig out details of corruptions hidden under carpets and slamming people. Why they were not able to know about their own workplace.
    Hard to trust these people again.Recommend

  • Ali Raza
    May 24, 2015 - 3:36AM

    ET you deserve a victory lap .. your Seth did the job ..

    Bol should send a status update “Tum nahi koi aur sahi .. koi aur nahi koi aur sahi” – Kamran Khan can’t run Bol, he escapes an organisation at the time of difficulty (history repeated itself).

    Time for youth to grab an opportunity out of a disaster and run it better than Kamran Khan would have.

    As for Kamran Khan – he can lick his previous boss shoes to get the job back :)Recommend

  • Anis
    May 24, 2015 - 5:07AM

    Really? None of these senior, learned media personalities had no knowledge of the shady happenings? Really? Or was the temptation of mercs, yachts, hefty bank balances too much to resist? Let’s get real here. Who are we fooling? The public or themselves???Recommend

  • Anis
    May 24, 2015 - 5:07AM

    Really? None of these senior, learned media personalities had no knowledge of the shady happenings? Really? Or was the temptation of mercs, yachts, hefty bank balances too much to resist? Let’s get real here. Who are we fooling? The public or themselves???Recommend

  • observer
    May 24, 2015 - 5:57AM

    @Fawad:
    If you have been honestly reading news lately, there is no reason to suspect that Axact is a mega scam run by super crooks.Recommend

  • Kamran Naim
    May 24, 2015 - 8:44AM

    This company is a big fraud. The entire top management is responsible for this mess. Government should confiscate their property.Recommend

  • disgusted
    May 24, 2015 - 9:25AM

    Reporting has become a joke. Just reproduce tweets. What crap. Few oppertunists with a history, are being portrayed as if they have done a noble deed! They have just found another oppertunity. Got it!Recommend

  • Zaida Parvez
    May 24, 2015 - 10:39AM

    To be axact, the problem is serious.Recommend

  • Jibran
    May 24, 2015 - 8:22PM

    When a ship is sinking, the rats are first to jump.Recommend

  • Timorlane
    May 24, 2015 - 9:56PM

    Centuries old saying that keeps proving itself:

    “Rats are the first to abandon a sinking ship”Recommend

  • Raja Porus
    May 25, 2015 - 1:43AM

    These jokers who are leaving Bol TV right now are a good riddance! They are unloyal, greedy, and insincere yellow journalists.Recommend

  • Arshad Kazmi
    May 25, 2015 - 4:42AM

    Judith Miller, New York Times reporter the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter notoriously left the New York Times in 2005 due to false reporting on the search for the supposed weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, and her stories were cited by the Bush administration as a factor in their decision to invade the country. Her reporting, turned out to be patently false, and the Times mentioned her work in an editor’s note acknowledging the flawed coverageRecommend

  • Arshad Kazmi
    May 25, 2015 - 4:44AM

    @Zaida Parvez: Axactly.Recommend

  • lmao
    May 25, 2015 - 11:55AM

    khao, Peeo aur Khisko!!!!! good morals and conscience. Recommend

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