Key accused arrested in fake degree sham

ISLAMABAD: The FIA Anti-Corruption Circle in Islamabad has apprehended the main suspect responsible for fabricating a fake degree for former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (Drap) Sheikh Akhtar Hussain. 

FIA earlier this week had arrested Sheikh Akhtar Hussain, following dismissal of his prearrest bail in fake degree and corruption case. 

The accused identified as Mohammad Amin Baig is believed to be the key player involved in running a fraudulent degree racket from a posh area of the capital city.

According to FIA officials, the accused was arrested on the tip-off of the previously arrested accused.

Mohammad Amin Baig was allegedly responsible for issuing fake degrees under the guise of the Open International University Sri Lanka, as confirmed by the FIA.

Adding to the gravity of the situation, the accused was reportedly operating a sham international council dedicated to the issuance of diplomas and certificates. The FIA’s swift action brings to light a sophisticated network involved in the production and distribution of forged and fake degree.

According to FIA sources, the arrested individual was charging exorbitant fees, offering an MD degree for $1000 and a PhD degree for $1500.

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During the raids conducted by the FIA, a cache of evidence was seized, including printed degree certificates, seals, and admission forms, shedding light on the extensive scale of the operation.

In a bid to ensure comprehensive investigation and international cooperation, Interpol has been engaged, and authorities in Sri Lanka have been contacted to collaborate in uncovering the full extent of the fraudulent activities.

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