Axact Scandal: Anchorpersons Nasir Baig Chughtai and Mushtaq Minhas stay in Bol
By our Reporter
Islamabad, Pakistan: Though Presidents, vice-presidents and chief Editor of Bol Group of Media Enterprise left the group, an impressive list of senior journalists staying with Bol has created a ray of hope that Bol can survive against terrifying circumstances.
Geo-famed Azhar Abbas, Iftikhar Ahmed and Kamran Khan left Bol along with Nusrat Javed, on Saturday.
“An impressive list of senior journalists and broadcasters staying will Bol indicates that channel still has enough potential to come up and survive against odds but financial resource of injection of money into channel is under strict probe by intelligence agencies. Accounts of Axact are under investigation that can harm the process of release of salaries to staff in next week”, said senior journalist Agha Iqrar Haroon when asked to comment.
Senior broadcasters like Nasir Baig Chughtai and Mushtaq Minhas are still present on the ship and trying to plug the holes. While content masters including Nazeer Laghari, Aamir Zia and Ansar Naqvi have decided to stay along with production crafters including khurram Anwar and Khuram Kaleem. The decision of Nasir Baig Chughtai and Mushtaq Minhas for staying in Bol is highly appreciated by working class journalists who believe stay of such senior journalists will help lower ranking staffers to ensure their salaries, jobs and they can fight together to make Bol a reality in forthcoming months.
A massive wave of resignations coming from Azhar Abbas, Iftikhar Ahmed, Kamran Khan, Asma Sherazi and Nusrat Javed hit Titanic of Bol on Saturday afternoon and evening and within 3 hours this wave subsided as other senior staffers decided to stay in after their meeting with CEO of group Shoaib Sheikh.
Those who resigned indicated in their twitter messages that their conscious did not allow them to stay after massive scandal against Axact Group came on surface that is the mother organization of forthcoming Bol Media enterprise including Bol TV.
Axact Group is still in the middle of whirlpool as investigators of government of Pakistan believe that Group is involved in massive scam of selling fake degrees, money laundering and forgery. Government of Pakistan has asked international intelligence agencies including FBI to help it out to probe the alleged scam.
It is interesting to note that top ranking investigative journalists like Kamran Khan and senior people having deep professional contacts with intelligence agencies and establishment like Azhar Abass had no idea of source of money injected in Bol Tv when they headed this organization during over one and half year and brought other senior journalists into the fold of Bol.
Bol that dreamed to hire over 100,000 people had no huge infrastructure to cater them in its buildings and over 2000 journalist were hired till May 1, 2015. Since early stages, Bol looked like a virtual organization than a real one but its hiring strategy made it reality as all big names joined Bol en-mass as they resigned today en-mass.
Journalistic circles in Islamabad believe that next one month is very crucial regarding the fate of Bol because of on-going high profile criminal investigation against the Group that believes that allegations against the Group are unfounded, fabricated and malicious and allegedly sponsored by other media groups of Pakistan including Express News and Geo Network.
Mid management and lower staff is worried about the fate of their salaries and are contacting senior people and their heads to ensure salaries. It is also expected that a large number of staff can leave Bol after receiving their salaries and delay in salaries will create further insecurity among staffers.