ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Federal Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has urged media including the New York Times (NYT) not to create hype and jump to conclusions regarding investigation into the Axact fake degrees scam.
Talking to media representatives outside the Parliament House in Islamabad on Wednesday afternoon, he rather asked media to wait for the ongoing investigations by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) into allegations leveled by the NYT in its May 17 report about Axact degree scandal to complete.
The interior minister said that he has already ordered an inquiry by the FIA which is being carried out by its seven-member committee representing cyber and corporate wings.
Nisar also clarified that neither inquiry committee has been changed nor name of any one placed on the Exit Control List (ECL) for which a specific procedure is followed.
The minister said that the FIA has seized 42 company servers and experts have suggested that it could take a month to conduct forensic auditing. He further said that foreign technicians may be sought from abroad if needed.
Moreover, he said that the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) and the Securities & Exchanges Commission of Pakistan (SECP) were also asked to provide all relevant information on the company to the investigating team.
The interior minister vowed to ensure transparency in the probe and that said the scrutiny will be concluded as soon as possible.
Earlier in the day, talking to media outside the office of Axact in Karachi, the Deputy Director of FIA Kamran Attaullah said that the FIA investigations are continuing into the fake degrees matter of Axact company.
The Deputy Director of FIA said that required data has been collected from the company’s office to be examined by forensic team. He said that no arrests have been made as yet.