SC revokes decision to put Shoaib Shaikh on ECL after requests from journalists

ISLAMABAD: Soon after ordering to place names of BOL Network CEO Shoaib Sheikh and others accused in Axact fake degree case in the Exit-Control List (ECL) on Friday, the Supreme Court (SC) of Pakistan revoked its decision after requests from senior journalists.

The apex court ordered Shaikh to present a written guarantee that he would not leave the country, after requests from journalists Sami Ibrahim and Javed Soomro to not place the BOL and Axact CEO on ECL.

During the case hearing, Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Director General Basheer Memon told the apex court that Axact runs 330 websites of fake online universities, and that degrees are sold at a price of 500,000 each.

It was also mentioned that 70 percent of the revenues earned by the company are through the list of universities presented before the apex court.

Responding to SC Press Association President’s claims that journalist Waheed Murad was working according to unknown ‘agendas’, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Saqib Nisar, who headed the three-judge bench, asked if the journalist should be banned.

Senior journalist Matiullah Jan opposed Justice Nisar saying that only Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) and Press Council has the right to regulate journalists.

SC takes suo moto notice of Axact fake degree case

Taking suo motu notice of Axact fake degree scam, CJP Mian Saqib Nisar on January 19 regretted that “our heads have bowed with shame globally after surfacing of this scandal.”

The CJP directed the FIA director general to submit a detailed report over the matter within 10 days. He directed the FIA to dig out and determine as to who was behind the campaign.

The CJP said if the news about the scam was correct, then the people involved in the case should be dealt with iron fist to avert such scandals in future.

However, he added, if the news was false, then Pakistan should defend itself internationally as the scam was tarnishing country’s name and image globally.