Amir Liaquat, Iranian VP and brother of ex Afghan President among Axact degree holders — Amir Liaquat denies

KARACHI: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) team today again raided the Axact office in Karachi and seized the main server of the IT company, which is under probe for fake degree scam, ARY News reported Sunday.

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According to sources, the seized data revealed that religious scholar and TV anchor Amir Liaquat was issued an educational degree from Axact-run university.

The raid was led by Director FIA Shahid Hayat.

Sources told that Mr. Hayat was collecting more evidences from the Axact office. It is learnt that Iran’s vice president and brother of former Afghan president were also issued fake degrees by the Axact.

Amir Liaquat’s prompt denial:

Speaking to ARY News, Mr. Amir Liaquat rejected media reports stating him as recipient of a degree from Axact-run varsity.

He castigated media for maligning him without getting his version on the issue. He slammed that “sources of media are revealing blatant false information which has no truth”.

He burst out in anger, saying media first should verify before airing any content.

Probe underway:

Investigators on May 27 arrested the head of Axact Shoaib Shaikh accused of running a global fake degree empire and conducted fresh raids at its Karachi headquarters where they discovered thousands of blank diplomas.

The CEO of software house Axact, revealed the location of the blank degrees that were ready for printing as well as fake student ID cards during the course of his interrogation, magistrate Javed Malik had told reporters.

The government began investigating Axact after it was accused by the New York Times earlier this month of running a network of websites for phoney universities as part of an elaborate scheme that generated tens of millions of dollars annually.

Islamabad has also sought the assistance of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation and Interpol in the probe.

The Times report quoted former employees and analysed more than 370 websites of fake universities, accreditation bodies and other purported institutions. It cited clients from the US, Britain and the United Arab Emirates who had paid sums ranging from thousands to hundreds of thousands of dollars for their degrees.


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