Axact scam: FIA will present evidence in court within 17 days, says Hayat

Published: May 31, 2015
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Director FIA Sindh Shahid Hayat. PHOTO: EXPRESS

Director FIA Sindh Shahid Hayat. PHOTO: EXPRESS

The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) will complete its investigation report into the Axact fake degree scam in 17 days, FIA Sindh Director Shahid Hayat told reporters on Sunday.

“We have been given 17 days for the investigation. The report will be completed in 17 days and submitted to court,” Hayat said at a press conference in Karachi.

The senior official went on to add that the FIA had already recovered enough documentary proof to go to court against the company.

“As a prosecutor in this case, I am confirming that through documents and internal emails, we have proof to proceed in court with further charges against Axact,” he said.

Hayat went on to add that the FIA had enough documentary proof at the moment to go to the court and win the case against Axact in the court of law.

On Friday, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar held out the possibility of filing more cases against Axact — which was already implicated in the massive diploma mills scam — if fresh evidence was found against the software company.

Read: Axact officials: SHC issues notices to Labbaik TV

“We will carry out a full investigation … the interior ministry will be contacting the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to provide legal assistance to FIA for carrying out an investigation against Axact,” Nisar told a public meeting at Chak Beli Khan.

He also mentioned on May 29 that government will soon formally contact the United Arab Emirates regarding the scandal.

Read: ‘Fake degree empire’ collapses: Axact CEO nailed

On May 27, FIA arrested Axact CEO Shoaib Ahmed Shaikh late Tuesday night after investigators found hundreds of thousands of forged degrees and students ID cards from a secret office of the company in Karachi.

Axact became the centre of a scandal after The New York Times published an investigative story accusing the IT firm of running the world’s largest fake degree mill.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • A-No.1
    May 31, 2015 - 6:13PM

    Did any Pakistani legislator(s) avail/use Axact’s document facilities? Can some knowledgeable person please enlighten me.Recommend

  • Shocked
    May 31, 2015 - 7:20PM

    Although the speed and determination with which this investigation is being carried out is commendable, but this is only seen when it favours the political elite. I have never seen Chaudhry Nisar and FIA progress in such a speedy way.Recommend

  • May 31, 2015 - 8:20PM

    Why all of sudden FIA is so active… there are lot of scams and tax invaders in parliament, why they dont show the same quickness and promptness ?Recommend

  • Surprised
    May 31, 2015 - 11:41PM

    We should be interested in improving the image of Pakistan worldwide, instead due to personal interests the public at large is helpless. 9/11 of Pakistan seriously, I wonder if you people get paid extra for personal victimization.Recommend

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