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We live in a fraudulent era of news distortion, agenda-settings and deceptive marketing. Our mental fragility makes us vulnerable. Therefore, we are subject to tactful manipulation practiced by influential media agencies constantly attempting to fulfill personal motives.

It’s no secret, that our thought-process and opinions are perpetually being re-programmed by Media groups, be it the TV channels, newspapers or the content on the social media websites. Mind-conditioning is being exercised profusely at the highest levels of the marketing sphere, further provoking us to lean towards biased opinions. And when these newly developed opinions are questioned, the society either conveniently falls into denial or prefers being in agreement with popular belief. As a result, individuals begins to create new, baseless narratives altogether.

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After making discoveries, we often say that the truth is always bitter. But do question, reader. Are you capable of differentiating between what’s true and what isn’t? Or what’s real and how much of it is fabricated? Not in this Era. And definitely not whilst you comfortably sit behind your computer screens and form judgments that are attributed to what the media is feeding individuals on a public-scale. . We are products of ignorance, blissfully selling off our mindsets to the power brokers of the Media industry.

On 18th May 2015, we encountered an article pertaining to AXACTS’ false-degree blast go viral on the social Media. The Article was published by New York Times. Undoubtedly, a prestigious news agency which has successfully established solid and unquestionable grounds of credibility, therefore the article served to drive a large number of local and international traffic towards itself.

The article written by New York times Titled ‘’Fake Diplomas, Real Cash: Pakistani Company Axact Reaps Millions’’, is currently playing a chief role in solidifying or rather, confirming the allegations against the giant IT firm, Axact and the unethical practices it exercises upon. The allegations may have served to further satisfy several rumors that profoundly contribute to the disreputable image that Axact inherited a long time ago. In fact, ever since its inception, Axact has been deemed to be leaning towards the filthy borders of corrupt and shady operations that are carried out within the strict confines of its offices and database, to which no outsider has real access.

fake degree Snapshot of the article published by Declan Walsh

 

The ratings of this article cause uproar in Karachi, and suddenly we begin to witness chaos.  Most media channels seized the opportunity to further slander the reputation of the company perhaps to increase the ratings. Since the past two days, news channels have been showing footages of the employees being taken to the FIA headquarters.

FIA Axact FIA visiting Axact's office - (Source: tribune)

However, before landing upon a final conclusions and drawing judgments in attempts of receiving the pleasure of defaming Axact, (yes, we’ve all been dying to cry ‘I KNEW IT!!’’), Allow yourself to entertain the existing possibility of the multiple perspectives this epic story may warrant. Since we have already established that news is inclined to contain the supreme element of bias, we must not dismiss the estimated probability of, perhaps a potential ulterior motive?  Axact is sucking out money from the pockets of innocent people attempting to seek a real education by issuing fake degrees. Nothing and I mean nothing justifies such horrific deception. Undoubtedly, the practice qualifies as an utterly disgusting act of fraudulence and brings shame to our country, provided it really is as true as the article leads us to believe.

The article By New York Times provides expansive detail in terms of what sources were the chief indicators that led them to detect the online-fraud operations and projects being carried out along with drawing connections between the websites that seemed to display similar characteristics. The article points out similarities between the several websites that offer online diplomas and degrees and baselessly claimed they fall under the ownership of Axact. A large sum of the evidence is attributed to assumptions and observation-based analysis. Admittedly, the Visual details the article presents solved many puzzles. The common design aspects between the websites appear to be profoundly convincing, surely it may suggest there is a link between them, and however, that does not confirm a link with ‘Axact’. Not to mention, Terms like ‘former insiders’ were used. The observations are powerful but not indisputable.

The statistical evidence is perceived to be credible considering it was published by New York Times, and it further strengthens the accusation that the company did or does generate a significant amount of revenue through this particular department of conning people into believing they’re enrolled in universities offering legitimate online diplomas. The article took special care to mention the years during which Axact suffered prosecutions and was charged with fraud and online crime. But as far as credibility is concerned, we must not forget that New York Times is also held responsible for publishing the inaccurate news article making a statement that there were WMP’s (weapon of mass destruction) In Iraq?  Need I say more?

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Question the credibility.  Question it every day because credibility CAN be subject to exploitation.

Viewing the news article from a neutral perspective:  Axact may be, possibly indulging in issuing fake degrees/ diplomas and online deception, which is not justifiable under any circumstances however, I would like to focus upon my perceived agenda of the article by New York Times, while I provide answers to the multiple questions, the ‘timing’of the article, arose in my mind.

The article presents certain examples, one of which states , ‘’In 2007, for example, a British court jailed Gene Morrison, a fake police criminologist who claimed to have degree certificates from the Axact-owned Rochville University, among other places.’’ Several other encounters from the past have also been mentioned in the article. However, most of the allegations that are backed up by ‘apparent’ and not to mention baseless statistical evidence are rather ancient encounters and have been reported multiple times in the past through several other local and international platforms. They have even been published before. This leads me to a very perceptive and reasonable question:

Why is it, that New York Times decides to produce an article, containing material that has already been leaked, paid due attention to and possibly been forgotten under the guise of old-news, years ago? Why publish it, now? And the poor evidence they provide is from years ago, there is no mention of recent statistics. Mind I ask, if this is all true, what were the agencies doing earlier? Probably busy watching the porn Axact was feeding them with to keep their mouths shut.

Why is it that a U.S-based News paper, publishes an article that highlights upon all the negative activities practiced by Axact, and advertises it under a heavily defamatory title, A Few days or months prior to the Launch of the Media Giant-BOL?  Why not last year? Why not the year before? Why now? Ask yourself these questions.

For some of you, who demand insight into BOL whilst reading my article: Axact is affiliated with the upcoming media channel BOL, the two companies fall under the ownership of the same person; Mr. Shoaib Ahmed Sheikh, CEO AXACT and BOL media group?

Upcoming channel BOL has stimulated extreme levels of hype and curiosity in the realms of Pakistan’s Media industry. BOL, already having recruited most eminent journalists from all over Pakistan was announced to be officially launched ‘’very soon’’, during a large scale annual corporate event held by Axact approximately 2 month ago. The renowned journalists BOL has recruited were formerly working for competing news channels; however, rumor has it, they decided to come on board with BOL on account of the extremely high salary packages, partnership perks and other unmatched facilities it was offering.

bol faces The Faces of BOL - Pakistan's largest media group. (Source: internet)

Could the Entire fake-Degree fiasco be a classic display of rivalry between competing news-channels? A conspiracy perhaps against BOL media channel or Pakistan even, considering BOL channel claims to portray the true, ‘accurate’ and ‘positive’ picture of Pakistan devoid of biases or manipulation tools unlike other media giants, that have automatically inherited a reputation of indulging in the act of cynically compelling the citizens of Pakistan and turning them against their very own homeland by broadcasting the negative aspects of Pakistan only.

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Perhaps, the article written by the New York Times serves an ulterior motive. It would be unwise to think otherwise or rule out the possibility entirely. There is a high chance; you are being provoked to switch towards a certain direction which would lead to the fulfillment of the agenda.  The entire Fake degree blast appears to be more of a hate provoking tool, using Axact as the perfect excuse in order to cause hindrances pertaining to the launch of BOL Channel. Not to Mention, The writer of the article, ‘‘Declan Walsh’s’’ credential contains work that reinforces a strictly ‘Anti-Pakistan’ Approach. Walsh also has a recorded history of having executed other news projects that served to damage the reputation of Pakistan; not to mention, he was blacklisted from the Country in 2013.

declan walsh reality Declan Walsh was kicked out of Pakistan in 2013.

Another interesting fact that should be brought to the knowledge of the audience is that Express news,is a competitive rival of BOL media group. And Express News is officially merged/associated with New York Times in Pakistan. This partnership itself speaks volumes as to why; the article was published, prior to the launch of BOL. (Launch scheduled for the 1st of Ramadan, Bol finally going on air).

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The public must understand that no fine piece of news is a mere a piece of news. No news paper, channel or media platform prints articles that exhibit a neutral mood.  Every article and every headline is specially designed to condition the impressionable minds of its audiences, to lean towards a certain thought process, adapt a certain opinion or perhaps provoke you to stand by or against a certain conspiracy.

An article posted by express tribune today stated: ‘’Axact chief executive paid Rs 26 in income tax last year’’ at first it sounded oddly funny, but how ignorant, of us to believe it blindfolded with no knowledge of our tax system. This man is may be selling fake degrees but this article by tribune does not prove that he is a tax defaulter! It was absolutely absurd. First of all, Information technology (IT) is a NON-TAXABLE industry in Pakistan. The government does not generate tax-revenue from the IT sector and Axact is an IT company. This exemption from tax is to provide an incentive for the growth of the industry.

At the end of the day, the net worth of Axact is approximately $14 Billion. A large sum of its revenues are donated to the poor and re-invested into the company in order to improve the lifestyle of its employees. The company claims to contribute $50 billion to Pakistan’s economy that would be injected through exports by the year 2019, which would greatly benefit Pakistan. There are several affirmations that must not be dismissed. Axact is constructing institutes that are going to facilitate and educate approximately 10 million underprivileged children in the near future. This too, is the positive truth about Axact that NO newspaper or channel would ever dare to publish.

What’s on the Agenda? Allegations against Axact constructing barriers for upcoming media giant, BOL?  Both perspectives; anti-Axact or pro-Axact, contain questionable elements. However, both perspectives merit equal attention. As an audience, you must consider all aspects a story encompasses. Perhaps the article really is a conspiracy, fiercely targeting BOL group and Axact. Perhaps it isn’t. I am not accusing Axact of practicing fraud. Neither Am I claiming that they do not practice fraud. The essence lies under the fact that no act of goodness justifies such contempt-worthy acts of chicanery. Similarly, No acts of virtue should go unnoticed.

To clarify, I am not associated with the firm in any way. I am a Pakistani, and I am writing as a patriotic Pakistani. Lastly, I request you to reflect back upon history, to the time when BCCI was shut down owing to international pressures over a scam of $14 Million. We cited it as a bad example in Pakistan – today, observing banks like HSBC involved in scandal of $1.5 Billion or Standard Chartered in a scandal worth $540 million. We regret not standing by a local bank of Pakistan that could have been one of the leading financial institutions of the world today. Let’s not give into emotions and focus upon the brighter side of Pakistan and pave a way for a Bigger, better Pakistan. Let’s try and dig deeper into Axact’s scandal in attempts of finding positivity, not for anyone else, but for the love of our country that gave us what we own today. We owe it to Pakistan, YOU owe it to Pakistan.

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