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The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) will complete its investigation report into the Axact fake degree scam in 17 days, FIA Sindh Director Shahid Hayat told reporters on Sunday.

“We have been given 17 days for the investigation. The report will be completed in 17 days and submitted to court,” Hayat said at a press conference in Karachi.

The senior official went on to add that the FIA had already recovered enough documentary proof to go to court against the company.

“As a prosecutor in this case, I am confirming that through documents and internal emails, we have proof to proceed in court with further charges against Axact,” he said.

Hayat went on to add that the FIA had enough documentary proof at the moment to go to the court and win the case against Axact in the court of law.

On Friday, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar held out the possibility of filing more cases against Axact — which was already implicated in the massive diploma mills scam — if fresh evidence was found against the software company.

Read: Axact officials: SHC issues notices to Labbaik TV

“We will carry out a full investigation … the interior ministry will be contacting the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to provide legal assistance to FIA for carrying out an investigation against Axact,” Nisar told a public meeting at Chak Beli Khan.

He also mentioned on May 29 that government will soon formally contact the United Arab Emirates regarding the scandal.

Read: ‘Fake degree empire’ collapses: Axact CEO nailed

On May 27, FIA arrested Axact CEO Shoaib Ahmed Shaikh late Tuesday night after investigators found hundreds of thousands of forged degrees and students ID cards from a secret office of the company in Karachi.

Axact became the centre of a scandal after The New York Times published an investigative story accusing the IT firm of running the world’s largest fake degree mill.

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