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  1. Akheilos

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    The offices of software company Axact have been raided after a New York Times report alleging the company was running a global fake degree factory.
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    The offices of Pakistan IT firm Axact in Karachi.

    KARACHI: Pakistani authorities are carrying out a full investigation on a firm accused of running a global fake degree factory. The Federal Investigation Agency on Tuesday (May 22) raided the offices of software company Axact at several locations across the country.

    But its owner has defended his firm, saying the accusations were aimed at crippling his expanding business empire. Axact is based in the port city of Karachi and touts itself as the country's largest software exporter. The firm's media arm Bol is set to start a high profile TV news channel in the country.

    The New York Times (NYT) article had accused it of running a global fake degree factory linked to at least 370 bogus educational institutes online. But its CEO said the allegations were planted by domestic media rivals to harm his business.

    "The rival TV owners' agenda is very clear - because Bol is being funded by Axact, so Axact should be crippled,” said Shoaib Ahmed Sheikh, Chairman and CEO of Axact. “The NYT reporter who wrote this story was kicked out by Pakistan's government - the burden of proof is on him. We are going to file a case against him and he has to prove these allegations."

    A message on the firm's webpage had also described the NYT story as "baseless, substandard, maligning, defamatory, and based on false accusations". The country's Federal Investigation Agency is taking the lead in investigating the case. It said some of the company's employees have been detained for questioning but no one has been formally arrested.

    EXHAUSTIVE INVESTIGATIONS ONGOING

    "We are going to interview some people and the put the equipment we’ve seized through a forensic examination and we will conduct an inquiry,” said Tahir Tanvir, Deputy Director of Pakistan's Federal Investigation Agency. “If we find something, we will take legal action."

    But lawyers said these allegations need to be investigated as they would be a crime under Pakistan's Electronic Transaction Ordinance.

    "The New York Times is a very prestigious newspaper, they don’t go for this kind of scandalous information and they know what defamation law is," said Sahibzada Ahmed Raza Kasuri, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of Pakistan. “They can be sued for degrading and lowering somebody’s prestige in the society."

    Pakistan's Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has vowed to fully investigate the matter as it could tarnish the good image of the country. "The truth is that I knew of the New York Times report and ordered an inquiry,” he said. “Forty-two servers have been confiscated and Axact’s offices have been sealed."

    Authorities say the probe could take several weeks or months as investigators comb through the computers of the firm to collect evidence.


    - CNA/rw


    Pakistan police raid ‘fake degree’ mill - Channel NewsAsia


    Its like some people go loook in the sky its a bird, its a plane .....And everyone starts looking at the skies...Right now our country needs all hands on security issues but some idiots think this is a great time to fart their gas?!

    Everyone roll your eyes at Ch sahaab who knew but couldnt ask them to hold their evidence lacking report until authorities fine combed through to ACTUALLY FIND evidence instead of going through un professional journalism and drooping a WHOLE COUNTRY's image which has just STARTED to bounce back!
     
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  2. FunkyGen

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    The insiders are leaking information on a massive scale, these people could be in deep shit if the investigation is carried out in a clear manner...
     
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    Now that Axact has been exposed, would there be a dip in foreign exchange earnings in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan?
     
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    Is that something as an Indian you're looking forward to ?
     
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    This should be dealt with a heavy hand and unequivocal integrity !
     
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    That's so funny just yesterday I read an article that Pakistan was one of the largest exporting sources of fake degrees. Good thing police are cracking down on them.
     
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    Source? Pretty sure it's not.
    Countries like USA, Italy, Switzerland come before Pakistan....
    On topic -> I hope it gets closed down. Good for nothing arses damaging Pakistan's already ruined reputation.
    What would it have done to them if only they'd conducted their business legally and transparently?
    Morons!
     
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    Can't find the source now because the recent raid is covering all the news. But the source said a diploma mill in Pakistan makes millions of dollars annually and those diplomas go all over the world. Although yes there are diploma mills in US but those companies state those diplomas are not be used for educational or professional purposes just as decorative or whatever that's probably what the diploma mills in Pakistan say as well.