Kamran Khan quits BOL Network and Axact’s immediately
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Senior journalist Kamran Khan has, with immediate effect, stepped down as President and Editor in Chief of Bol Media Group, a subsidiary of beleaguered IT firm Axact, Samaa reported.
“Charges against Axact far from proven in court but my conscience (is) not letting me (to) continue. I’ve decided to disassociate (myself) from Bol immediately”, Khan said in a post that appeared on his Twitter handle.
Earlier, Nisar announced that the mind-boggling scale of a fake degree scam that involves Axact had forced Pakistan to seek help from US, British, and other international agencies to step up as well as consolidate the ongoing investigation into the case.
“In two days, the government will write to America’s Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Interpol to assist Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) in its probe into the case,” Minister for Interior, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, told a press conference Saturday.
Khan, whose presser seemed to be dedicated to beleaguered firm, urged the predatory media to hold their horses and avoid jumping to conclusions.
“Please do not exaggerate as it’s a very sensitive issue. You are also requested to avoid quoting FIA sources in your homegrown stories. It will take at least 7-10 days before an initial inquiry takes shape,” the minister said adding,”The findings of the inquiry will decide on whether or not to lodge a First Information Report (FIR) with police.”
The “university” websites mainly route their traffic through servers run by companies registered in Cyprus and Latvia, and employees would plant fictitious reports about Axact universities on CNN iReport, a website for citizen journalism.
Axact and its CEO, Shoaib Ahmad Shaikh, did not respond to requests from AFP for comment on Monday or Tuesday.
But a message on its website declared the story “baseless, substandard, maligning, defamatory, and based on false accusations” and added it would sue the New York Times.
The message did not directly address the allegations but accused domestic media rivals of colluding with the US newspaper to plant a slanderous story in order to harm its business interests.