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Patari CEO resigns after allegations of sexual harassment surface

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The Chief Executive Officer of Pakistan’s music-streaming service Patari, Khalid Bajwa has resigned from his post after allegations of sexually harassing women surfaced.

Patari issued their official statement on Twitter and informed that Bajwa has resigned as they stand with the victims. They said they were “deeply saddened” by the news and have assured to take the required action against Khalid Bajwa as investigations are underway.

Sexual harassment is a global problem. Women in large numbers are reporting their cases of harassment after movements like ‘MeToo’ and ‘Times Up’ encouraged women to report their cases without fear.

‘In light of recent developments, Patari CEO Khalid Bajwa will be stepping down from his post with immediate effect,’ said the Patari in their statement.

‘This is a difficult decision but Patari stands with the victims of harassment and will do everything in its power to ensure that it stands by them,’ the statement added.

On Wednesday 11th April 2018, two women made startling revelations on Twitter when they shared the screenshots of their conversation with Khalid Bajwa. The women said Khalid Bajwa has harassed them multiple times.

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The victim Mehr stated that Bajwa always “graced her with unwelcome hugs” and said she felt “uncomfortable and overpowered” by being hugged by someone who was twice her age. She said, she stopped replying him and eventually blocked him on social media.

”I shut up about it for the longest but I guess the time is right. I have no personal vendetta because I wasn’t stupid enough to meet him alone despite him asking me a billion times.”

Patari issued their official statement on Twitter and informed that Bajwa has resigned as they stand with the victims. They said they were “deeply saddened” by the news and have assured to take the required action against Khalid Bajwa as investigations are underway.

‘I just don’t want him to keep preying on young girls,’ she added. Another victim Zainab stated that when she was only 17 years old, the ten years older Bajwa used to harass her. She said Bajwa forced her multiple times to meet him in private as he used to make plans to pick her up from her college and would take her to his office.

She said he would ask her about her residential address so he could visit her. After blocking him on Twitter he approached her on Instagram. In her tweet, she also mentioned that Bajwa begged her not to expose him for the sake of his wife and daughter.

Sexual harassment is a global problem. Women in large numbers are reporting their cases of harassment after movements like ‘MeToo’ and ‘Times Up’ encouraged women to report their cases without fear.

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