NYT report on Axact: Pakistan’s interior minister orders investigation

NYT report on Axact: Pakistan’s interior minister orders investigation

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Federal Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has directed the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to investigate the issue of fake degrees being attested by a Pakistani IT Company Axact as claimed by The New York Times (NYT).

In its reported titled “Fake Diplomas, Real Cash: Pakistani Company Axact Reaps Millions” published on May 17, the NYT claimed that Axact allegedly earned millions of dollars from scams involving fake degrees, non-existent online universities and manipulation of customers.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, an interior ministry spokesman said that Chaudhry Nisar took notice of the issue on news published by the NYT which claimed that Axact is involved in issuing of fake degrees and their attestation.

The minister said that the FIA is to determine whether the contents of the NYT story are true and whether the company is involved in any illegal business which may bring a “bad name” to Pakistan.

The issue also came under discussion in the Senate where the Chairman Raza Rabbani referred the NYT report to the Senate house committee for investigation while the opposition leader in the House Aitzaz Ahsan said that claims made by the NYT appear to be credible, and asked for an investigation in to the matter.

In the report written by NYT Pakistan Bureau Chief Declan Walsh, it was claimed that Axact created a series of fake websites involving professors and students who it said were in fact paid actors.

However, in its response Axact said that the NYT story is baseless, substandard, maligning, defamatory, and based on false accusations and merely a figment of imagination published without taking the company’s point of view.

The company said that it will be pursuing strict legal action against the publications and those involved.