Khalid Bajwa Steps Down As Patari CEO In Light of Sexual Harassment Allegations
The CEO of Patari, Khalid Bajwa, has stepped down from his position after recent allegations of sexual harassment came to light. Two girls had come forward claiming that he had made them uncomfortable through his unwelcome advances and actions. Patari released an official statement stating that they had been investigating the man well before he was publicly accused. They lent their support and encouragement to the victims of the ex CEO.
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— Patari (@patarimusic) April 11, 2018
With the #MeToo movement gaining speed, the victims of sexual harassment and abuse have started speaking up all over the world. We are glad that these two women also had the courage to speak out about the crime committed against them. Mehravar Ali, one of the victims, said that he always gave her hugs even though they were unwelcome and made her feel uncomfortable with his actions. She also stated “I knew him through Twitter before Patari was even formed. The first time I met him was at Lahore Music Meet (LMM) and he welcomed me with hug that made me very awkward.”
I mean, this is the most recent convo I have after which I kind of gave up and couldn’t make any more excuses so just stopped replying and blocked him. I felt uncomfortable and overpowered by a man twice my age. We bumped into each other once or twice in public spaces/social e
— mehr (@mehravarr) April 11, 2018
The second girl who was harassed by him said “Bajwa used to force me to meet him. He would make plans that he’d pick me up from college and take me to his office.” When she went on to block him, he contacted her on another social media platform asking her not to expose him for the sake of his family.
Ahmer Naqvi who is the COO of Patari said “Our official statement is the only thing we will be saying right now.” Mehravar, however, was moved by the company’s response to her allegations and praised their actions on twitter.
I am overwhelmed and amazed at all the love and support. Recieved very little backlash. What a time to be alive. I regret not opening up about this earlier. Look what happened, girls! So so proud and happy. 💗💗 pic.twitter.com/P9kwBrDbOw
— mehr (@mehravarr) April 11, 2018
The cycle of this malicious trend needs to be stopped which can only be done through such actions. Patari has shown how one needs to deal with such allegations against one of their own, no matter how high or low their position might be. Women and men in Pakistan feel suffocated in this society because they do not find the encouragement to speak out about such things. We need to lend them our support and help to come out with stories of their own abuse without the fear of judgement or hateful remarks. The fault is with the accuser and never the victim and we need to do more to teach that to our countrymen.Disclaimer:We do not allow users to post content which is copyright and We take strict actions against the users who post infringement content on our website.Although we do not host any content, users post embed videos from youtube, facebook, Dailymotion and Vimeo and are moderated before posting but we still take strict action against the copyright videos posted.If you are an official representative of any company whose videos are posted illegally on our website or you think some video infringe the copyright then you can simply send an email to email@example.com