LAHORE, Pakistan: The Axact fake degrees scandal echoed in the Punjab assembly on Wednesday where the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) lawmakers demanded the government to take legal action against the IT Company.
The Axact Company and its officials are currently being interrogated by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) in relation to recent allegations leveled by the New York Times (NYT) in May 17 report of its being involved in selling fake academic degrees online.
In the Punjab assembly on Wednesday, the opposition leader and the PTI lawmaker Mian Mehmoodur Rasheed submitted a resolution against Axact, demanding the government to take action against the owners of Axact.
“The house expresses concern over surfacing of the scandal related to the company Axact, the illegal activities of which have caused shame and embarrassment in the world for Pakistan,” reads the resolution.
“It is also a matter of concern that the company has been carrying out illegal activities since the last ten years but our agencies did not act against them. The matter was brought to light by the US media,” it adds.
FIA summons Axact CEO for interrogation
Meanwhile, the FIA has summoned the Axact Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Shoaib Ahmed Sheikh in the fake degrees scandal as part of the investigation, a day after teams of the FIA Cyber Crime department raided Axact Offices in Islamabad and Karachi and seized main server, computers, files and other important documents.
The teams also took several employees of Axact into custody for interrogation.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar took notice of the Axact scam and directed the FIA to conduct a thorough investigation into the matter and submit a report. Later, the agency constituted a seven-member team headed by the Sindh Director Shahid Hayat to inquire about the allegations leveled against Axact by the NYT.