Wednesday May 20, 2015

Axact scandal raises questions on Pakistan’s reputation: Nisar

Axact scandal raises questions on Pakistan’s reputation: Nisar
ISLAMABAD: Terming the Axact fake degree scam ‘very sensitive and time-consuming’ issue, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Wednesday said that the scandal has raised questions on Pakistan’s reputation.

Speaking to media representatives, he said the FIA probe into the scandal would be transparent and will be carried out without any pressure.

Nisar said that the seven member committee formed to probe the scandal had not been changed nor had any arrests been made thus far.

Explore here: FIA continues probe of Axact

He said no arrests have been made in the ongoing probe thus far. However, several people are being interrogated in connection with the scandal, he added.

The interior minister said no one’s name has been put on the Exit Control List (ECL) but all officials of the company including CEO Shoaib Ahmad Shaikh will be questioned. Ten directors of the software company have been issued notices, he added.

Chaudhry Nisar said that Cyber Crime and Corporate wings of the FIA are probing the scandal.

The minister went on to say that the case did not fall under the criminal cases category but was a Cyber crime.

'Karachi bus attack mastermind arrested'

Praising counter-terrorism department of Sindh Police, Interior Minister Nisar said the suspected culprits of Safoora carnage including the mastermind are arrested within four days of the incident.

He told reporters that the suspects of gun attack on Ismaili community’s bus were arrested with the assistance of security and intelligence agencies.

At least 46 people including women belonging to Ismaili community were killed in the attack near Safoora Chowrangi area of Karachi last week.

The same mob is involved in other recent terror acts in Karachi, he added referring to assassination of T2F Director Sabeen Mahmud and attack on Bohri community.

Condemning the barbaric attack on what he termed an innocent community, the minister said real culprits have been unmasked and their identity will be made public soon.

Four men arrested for the gun attack on Ismaili community bus confessed to killing Sabeen Mahmud earlier in the day.

Following the confession, police officials said that the top civilian and military leadership, including PM Nawaz Sharif, Army chief Gen Raheel Sharif and Sindh CM Qaim Ali Shah have been sent a report with details of the confessional statements.

Read here: Safoora bus attackers confess to Sabeen Mahmud's murder

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