Federal ministry urges PEMRA not to on-air BOL


ISLAMABAD: The federal information ministry has written a letter to Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) to block BOL TV channel from going on-air until an ongoing probe into the fake degree scam against the Axact company comes to an end.


According to sources, the letter was written by the ministry asking the PEMRA to block the airing of the channel temporarily.

Meanwhile, Axact has rebutted a 200 million claim on PEMRA and the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA). The software company had alleged the federal investigators of harassment.

The main accused in the fake degree scam, Axact CEO Shoaib Shaikh, and four other suspects were sent on physical remand until June 4, hours after investigators discovered thousands of blank diplomas at the company’s Karachi headquarters earlier on Tuesday.

The Axact scandal came to light when the New York Times published an investigative report claiming that the Pakistani IT company had made millions of dollars selling fake degrees online.

Following the NYT story, Pakistan authorities were quick to act as Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan ordered the FIA to launch a probe into the fake degree scandal.

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