An organization that claimed to be Pakistan’s largest software exporter is being investigated for selling fake diplomas, tax evasion, and fraud. What do common Pakistanis think?

- “Our investigators may not be qualified to probe the fake online degree scandal. But if they don’t have degrees in criminology, that does not mean the they do not have the capacity. The degree can be bought online.” –John Kerry (Call center agent and freelance photographer)

- “Duh. Everybody hides their online activities. Unlike my sons, at least they were wasting their time and money on the internet for education, instead of pornography and video games.” –Aunty Slanty (stay-at-home and occasionally-go-out-for-shopping mom)

- “I had thought of this idea first, but I didn’t have the courage and resources to launch the project. It’s not easy selling fake things on the internet these days. I guess I will have to adopt other ways to educate people people on the internet.” –Raju Rocket (webmaster and part time mobile phone thief)

- “Okay so they were buying fake degrees. How stupid. It’s not like anybody gives jobs to or takes advice from people who have real degrees.” –Prof Pappu (unemployed lecturer)

- “This is a very important issue, but another serious matter also needs our attention. I want to use this space to strongly condemn the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief minister for ruining Imran Khan and his wife Rehman Khan’s special moment by going to the Pakistan-Zimbabwe cricket game in Lahore with them. Why was it so important for him to go? He could have watched it at home. He should have given the newlyweds some time alone together. People don’t understand these little things these days. There’s a thing called etiquette.” Naila Nasheely (event manager and part-time lawyer)

- “You have to look at the positive side of everything. At least this will work wonders for the ego of those journalists who did not get ridiculously high salary offers from the TV channel owned by this software house. The market has corrected itself in a magical way.” –Naughty Noman (newspaper reporter and part-time shoe salesman)

- “This is an abomination. Only legal and chartered universities in Pakistan have the right to sell professional and research degrees to unqualified students without qualified professors, proper campuses and appropriate training in the subject.” –M. A. Khan, M. A (freelance assistant project manager)

- “It could have been much worse. Imagine the kind of amazing things you can do with forged John Kerry signatures. I’d say they were quiet decent they were only making apostille seals.” –Basit Bist (university student in International Relations)

- “The question is, has the government taken timely steps to stop this trade of fake university diplomas? And if not, are they still selling? Do you know what kind of degrees might be available? Do they have a degree in engineering?” –Tarik Tareek (unemployed, if you have a job offer, please email tarik420@yahoo.com)

- “I don’t understand why they can’t find evidence in the computers they seized from the software house. It’s simple. All the important files should be in a desktop folder waiting to be organized.” –Shehla Sharemeeli (office assistant and part-time office assistant at another office)

- “This is not acceptable. The New York Times should not be allowed to tarnish Pakistan’s image in the world. Only Pakistani TV channels and Pakistani software companies have the right to tarnish Pakistan’s image in the world.” –Zalim Zia (stay-at-home dad and former QingQi driver)

- “When hiring for my company, I will only a business degree from a university that knows how to build companies in overseas tax havens and business structuring techniques that allow maximum tax evasion.” –Daniyal Dokandar (corporate manager)

- “I had a feeling there must be something fishy going on at a place where so many journalists had gathered at one.” –Qasim Qainchi (stay-at-home son)

- “This is all a conspiracy, they are doing it so that they can get cheap publicity for their upcoming TV channel.” –Peshawar Abbas (news reporter and columnist)

- “The government must intervene. It must ask legitimate public universities of to Pakistan to mail real degrees to compensate the people who were tricked into buying fake ones.” –Dilawar Dilphaink (TV anchor)