Pakistan approaches FBI to probe Axact scandal

Published: May 25, 2015
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PHOTO: FORBES

PHOTO: FORBES

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan officially sought US intelligence agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation’s help in probing Axact’s multi-million dollar fake degree scandal, officials said on Monday.

Based on the developments to date in the software company’s scandal, Interior Ministry officials said they have written a letter to the FBI.

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

“We’ve dispatched a request today,” an official said on the condition of anonymity.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar has allowed the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to seek assistance of foreign experts to probe this scandal, he added.

Following a New York Times report exposing Axact’s degree empire, Nisar ordered FIA to conduct an inquiry into the company’s dubious online college websites.

Read: Diploma mill scandal: Walsh releases Axact investigation documents

The FIA will be working in coordination with FBI and other international agencies with forensic experts to probe the digital scam as well as money laundering against the company, if there is any.

The government decided on Saturday to enlist the help of FBI and Interpol in investigating the multimillion-dollar fake degrees scam run worldwide by Axact.

Read: FIA inquiry: Govt to enlist help of FBI, Interpol

Speaking at a news conference, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar had said they have found ‘substantive evidence’ on the ‘illegal operations’ of Axact and that the government would soon contact FBI and Interpol.

“In light of the developments that have come through in the FIA inquiry, we have decided to write to the FBI within the next two days to ask for legal assistance,” he added.

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  • Declan Pakistani
    May 25, 2015 - 4:50PM

    good now finally we will get conclusion of this matterRecommend

  • Khurram
    May 25, 2015 - 5:45PM

    Finally some solid proofs will arise against this company’s well hidden scam and hope that nation may open their eyes to see the damage which has been done to our country’s image by this firm.Recommend

  • PakAgainstAxact
    May 25, 2015 - 6:03PM

    Stuff just got real for Axact!Recommend

  • uzairahmed
    May 25, 2015 - 6:08PM

    it is a shameful act..we are already in shambles. And the most of all the times of newyork is givig us evidience and proving our inferiority to the whole world…..

    I beg to Govt to please improve your intellegence..So no outer body may not get a chance to interrupt in our mattersRecommend

  • Great news
    May 25, 2015 - 6:53PM

    A multi-million dollar scandal seems to be actually going on the path of resolution. This would be a landmark in Pakistani history because such scandals are usually associated with politicians. Kudos to the forces leading this case!Recommend

  • Azi
    May 25, 2015 - 7:45PM

    @uzairahmed:

    Is that so? Does an IT company represent entirety of Pakistan? I advise you not to get ashamed of some private business but the leaderships of Pakistan who do such businesses on a daily basis, they infact do represent Pakistan. Some people try their best to coup with these difficult times and some do their best to drag others down to realm of depression and hopelessness with them. I wish you doomsayers would take a rest while we deal with the Indian infestation.Recommend

  • kamran
    May 25, 2015 - 7:49PM

    When a business gets political, this is exactly what happens, bombarded by opponents parties. SS was bit lazy launching Bol, otherwise none of this would have happened. Recommend

  • Zardari
    May 25, 2015 - 8:29PM

    It’s good to see such swift action but when will we see this sort of quick action against the politicians who have robbed billions from this nation Recommend

  • numbersnumbers
    May 25, 2015 - 10:29PM

    @kamran:
    So New York Times would not have written this about Axact if Bol had been properly launched???
    Perhaps you missed the story where those Axact diploma mill “teachers” were just photos lifted from the Internet!
    And for you next conspiracy theory???Recommend

  • May 26, 2015 - 1:12AM

    No sincerity there. No, no, nope. All the accused will be allowed to
    go free. Once the judges, the investigators receive the appropriate
    “baksheesh”. Just give it enough time. It will be swept under the
    carpet. Do not worry.Recommend

  • raja
    May 26, 2015 - 1:17AM

    never steal the market fruad. online degrees are just for self gratification and con games. No one gets a job where employer has any sense. Why no co work with US online business. US schools are useless but they legal and sophisticated. Axact just gave ideas to Infosys etc to get in the game, gwt a US frint end provide low cost back end. by fruad . Recommend

  • AK BOB
    May 26, 2015 - 9:30AM

    @raja
    Infosys YTD (2015) exports = $8.2 Billion, which is roughly equivalent to 33% of Pakistan’s exports. So why on earth would Infosys want to do an aXact ? Recommend

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