The New York Times report on IT company Axact has taken the media by storm, especially since it directly involves the new channel Bol. We have no comment on the reports allegations, and will wait to see whether ongoing investigations produce any meaningful evidence. However, a dear reader brought our attention to a very curious piece of news. It seems that amid the controversy, Bol is receiving strong support from an ally that it may not want.
Our readers will remember the name Daily Mail News. No, not the UK newspaper, the more…questionable…one that gained some notoriety a few years ago as being part of an alleged propaganda ring. This is the Daily Mail News that was soon exposed as the source of a fake Wikileaks story which was later strongly defended by none other than Ahmed Quraishi who, as noted by Fasi Zaka, felt compelled as part of his defence to “inexplicably, state he is not an ISI mouthpiece”.
Today, Daily Mail News has published a piece that says the investigation of Axact is part of an international conspiracy against Bol, it’s new media house. The way that the author describes the media group is worth noting:
The Daily Mail’s investigations in this directions indicate that ‘Axact’ has been contributing to global It sector as a leading Pakistani for the past 15 years without any controversy or scandals. It only got itself caught in the web of local and foreign conspiracies after the management decided to launch a mega Media House, with aims and objectives of countering anti-Pakistan media conspiracies and to strengthen country’s ideology and cultural values and announced bringing out country’s biggest ever media platform with the brand name of ‘Bol’, comprising newspapers, Radio Channels and TV Channels, a couple of years back. Axact’s Bol project offered unprecedented salaries and related packages for the journalistic community and production professionals of the country that was set to reshape and redefine Media Industry of Pakistan with a revolution to the lives of the related professionals.
This is a description that hardly makes Bol sound like an independent and credible news source. But it gets worse. The author then goes on to claim that, yes, Axact was selling fake degrees, but its top management was unaware because this was all being carried out by top-secret RAW agents who were planted in the company.
The Daily Mail’s investigations indicate the conspirators, both from local and abroad, first started planting their pawns in Axact to different slots of the company. Once they were planted successfully as an ordinary software company could never have been suspecting any such mega conspiracy, they started the sinister plan of the online sale of educational degrees from the platform of Axact though these pawns while the management of Axact was told by these planted pawns of RAW that a unique sales promotion program with the syndication of some foreign universities had been launched and that the same would enhance the revenues of the organization. Like any revenue seeking business group, the top Axact management, did not seek any detailed report from the plan devisers as long as the ‘new sales plan’ was generating added revenues and was apparently of no harm to the organization and the State as well and thus the Axact management was later caught unaware by the organizers of the high profile conspiracy.
The Daily Mail‘s conclusion is that the fake degree scandal was a nefarious plot of Indian and US intelligence agencies to stop the launch of Bol, the most patriotic pro-Pakistan media house ever to exist that no one has ever been able to prove has any connection to ISI.
The Daily Mail’s investigations conclude that the Axact episode and its media handling has got nothing to do with countering fake educational degrees but is merely a fresh bid to counter the launch of Bol Media House and make this media house as even more controversial.
Unfortunately, such “support” is only likely to add to the controversy about Bol‘s credibility – something Bol doesn’t need more of, especially when it hasn’t even launched yet.