Truth Prevails, Forbes removes story Updated on: 3:47 PM, May 23rd, 2015
In keeping with high standards of journalism, ethics and legal obligations, Forbes has removed the defamatory NYT story which they referred in their article. (Click here to view)
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Third Appeal Recently Updated: 3:47 PM, May 23rd, 2015
Click here to view the third appeal of Mr Shoaib Ahmed Shaikh to the Honorable Chief Justice, Chief of Army Staff, Prime Minister of Pakistan, the Interior Minister and the Public.
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Second Appeal Recently Updated: 3:00 AM, May 23rd, 2015
Click here to view the second appeal of Mr Shoaib Ahmed Shaikh to the Honorable Chief Justice, Chief of Army Staff, Prime Minister of Pakistan, the Interior Minister and the Public.
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First Appeal Updated on: 6:45 AM, May 22nd, 2015
Mr Shoaib Ahmed Shaikh appealed to the Honorable Chief Justice, Chief of Army Staff, Prime Minister of Pakistan, the Interior Minister and the Public to analyze the situation of Axact. Click here to view the first appeal.
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Updated on: 2:00 PM, 20 May 2015
We request the government to order a proper judicial inquiry into these false allegations made against Axact. The inquiry being conducted right now seems to be done in haste and without lawful procedure. For instance, sealing Axact’s Islamabad office, seizure of computers, etc. They are now asking to submit a list of queries in less than 24 hours. This seems like that the way the inquiry is being done is due to the pressure from the competitor media organizations. We also fear that the way the inquiry is being conducted points to the fact that they already have a verdict against Axact in mind.
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Updated 09:05 PM, 19th May 2015
Axact condemns this story as baseless, substandard, maligning and defamatory. It has been published without taking the company’s point of view in perspective. The defamatory article published on 18th May, 2015, today’s events and their derogatory portrayal by the media proves that this is a massive conspiracy by the seths of the Pakistani media industry to defame BOL and Axact and derail the launch of BOL. Employees and their families were terrorized to disrupt the operations of Axact. The scale of this conspiracy becomes clear by the fact that the media owners even fell to the extent of spreading negativity among BOLwalas via SMSs and emails. New joinees of BOL were suggested to wait and think upon their decision as further malicious campaigns are lined up.
We appeal to the public to analyze the situation with compassion and rationality and we request the government to take notice of the fact that a massive anti-BOL and Axact movement has been put into operation. We request only that all investigation is conducted with complete impartiality and neutrality while keeping the injunctions of the Sindh High Court in mind. Click here to view the court order.
Additionally, we appeal to all concerned authorities to conduct a thorough investigation of the manner in which the media houses portrayed the events of Axact offices all over Pakistan today.
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Axact’s Official Response to the defamatory article Updated on: 03:50 PM, May 18th, 2015
Axact’s official response to an article published by New York Times reporter in collaboration with its local partner Express Media Group and some other media outlets to hurt the success of BOL (Express Media Group publishes International New York Times in Pakistan).
This is regarding a defamatory article published by New York Times (NYT) regarding Axact.
Axact condemns this story as baseless, substandard, maligning, defamatory, and based on false accusations and merely a figment of imagination published without taking the company’s point of view. Axact will be pursuing strict legal action against the publications and those involved.
It is clarified that NYT in Pakistan is partnered with Express Media Group to publish International NYT in Pakistan and receive earnings from the group. Express Group was under a restraining order and contempt of court proceedings by Sind High Court for publishing a defamatory news item and further from publishing anything detrimental to Axact’s reputation. (Click here to view the courts restraining order). Hence Express Media Group to counter the success of BOL and to circumvent the court order has got this story published via its partner NYT in collaboration with some reporter called Declan Walsh.
It should also be noted that a few months back in a registered criminal case by Axact for Data Theft (Criminal case No.561/2015), Police investigations led to Mr. Sultan Lakhani as the ultimate hidden owner of that company involved in Data theft of Axact and other IT companies and his name was included in the interim police Challan. (Click here to see the police challan mentioning Sultan Lakhani). After which Mr. Sultan also tried to transfer the investigations to another Police department of his choice but on 12th May 2015 that transfer was also suspended by Sind High Court and the criminal investigation again started against Mr. Sultan Lakhani. (Click here to view the request for transfer, transfer order and court order suspending the transfer).
The story is authored by some reporter Declan Walsh of NYT who was expelled from Pakistan as Persona non-grata by Pakistan Interior Ministry allegedly due to his involvement in damaging Pakistan’s national interests. Even the media group he is affiliated with, the Express Tribune, published a story against him (click here to read more). Several other organizations have also written about him as well as failure of NYT to deliver credible news (click here to read more). This reporter has worked and devised a one-sided story without taking any input from the company. A last-minute, haphazard elusive email was sent to the company demanding an immediate response by the next day to which the attorney for Axact responded. Click here to view the response.
Moreover, this reporter has not mentioned the conflict of interest which the NYT has due to its association with Express Media as its revenue source in Pakistan. This necessary disclosure regarding the criminal cases on NYT Partner in Pakistan was deliberately omitted and is an injustice to the reader not expected of a publication like NYT.
In an exemplary display of poor journalistic skills and yellow journalism, the writer quoted references from several imaginary employees to corroborate accusations made out of thin air. None of these accusations have been substantiated with any real proof. Search engines have been used to type ‘fake degrees’ and whatever images have turned up have been portrayed as evidence. Additionally, no proof has been given linking any of these sites and allegations to Axact and widely recognized names such as that of John Kerry have been used to increase the impact of the story. In fact the writer himself admits that when he approached these universities, they denied having any links with Axact. Furthermore, in a glaring display of bias, he didn’t even mention the fact that all these previous published allegations have been more than adequately addressed by Axact earlier in the civil suit 907/2013 filed against GEO and others.
One aspect that stands very clear from all this is that a personal grudge has been displayed by the writer. Parallels laded with negativity have been drawn with the portrayal of positive Pakistan and also including references to the Silicon Valley as if offering world-class facilities to employees is something that we should be ashamed about when it is our pride. This reminds us of the story made by Forbes against NYT reporters of publishing false stories. Click here to read more
For information on Axact Education Unit, it is hereby clarified that Axact provides a comprehensive education management system that benefits diverse bodies of students and caters to all types of educational institutions—online and traditional. It is a 360 degree solution for students and faculty around the globe, available on multiple educational platforms being its core capability. For details on this, click here.
Furthermore, Axact’s Online Education Management System is World’s Leader outside North America. And Axact is now collaborating with other renowned education groups in the USA to provide its Education Management System and is poised to be a major player in the online education industry of USA by 2018.
All ten business units of Axact are completely legitimate, legal and committed to enhancing the quality of IT services across the world.
From the very first day of announcement of BOL, certain elements have started campaigning against Axact and BOL. The GEO/Jang group and Express Media Group being direct competitors of BOL (initiated by Axact) have started a defamation campaign and other criminal pursuits since last 2 years accusing BOL of belonging to multiple groups, sometimes establishment, sometimes a real estate tycoon and sometimes other controversial personalities and were coining all kind of conspiracy theories. Now they have planned this story in collaboration with this reporter as evident from the fact that within less than 60 seconds of the publishing of this article, these media outlets started spreading this maligning campaign via different means. It is also come to our notice that they are planning with other foreign media groups to publish this story with different angles.
It should be noted that the announcement of BOL as a positive and pro-Pakistan channel in Pakistan who cares for its employees has shaken these traditional media houses who have promoted hatred, despair, negativity and hopelessness in Pakistan. Axact and BOL have vigorously pursued these elements that are desperate to malign BOL and Axact.
BOL has addressed this in the past and the following link on its website gives details of these defamation and other criminal activities and how Axact and BOL have addressed these legally.