Patari leadership resigns as the company "loses sight of its values"

Patari leadership resigns as the company "loses sight of its values"

The company has responded to its former employees refuting their claims that Bajwa had been reinstated as Patari's CEO
Updated 02 Jul, 2018

Patari plunges lower as it loses six of its employees.

Ahmer Naqvi, who was appointed interim CEO after the then cofounder Khalid Bajwa was asked to step down following sexual misconduct allegations, has resigned. And so have his fellow colleagues.

Also read: Patari cofounder Khalid Bajwa resigns as evidence of sexual misconduct surfaces

He shared their ordeal of working at Patari since the allegations surfaced and claimed that, "it is a company where we can no longer work freely under the values that brought us to it – and which are now under threat."

The statement also read that the company's co-founders Bajwa, Faisal Sherjan and Humayun Haroon "violated the company’s governance," and that Bajwa continued to represent Patari.

"It felt clear to us that while Patari, which had always sought as on organisation to champion progressive ideals to the world, the co-founders were refusing to apply the same values to one of their own."

And in doing so, the party felt that "in the company’s current environment we believed there was no room for us, our values, or our work."

Patari has responded to its former six employees refuting their claims that Bajwa had been reinstated as Patari's CEO.

Monday morning, the music platform released another statement declaring their newest interim CEO Rabeel Warraich and that Bajwa has been removed as Board member.

It further said that "Patari has zero tolerance for abuse of power, sexual harassment and for creation of toxic culture," and that allegations made by the leadership will be rectified.

Earlier this year, sexual harassment allegations against Patari cofounder and CEO Khalid Bajwa surfaced on social media. A number of women alleged on social media that he had made unwanted advances towards them. Subsequently, Bajwa was asked to "step down from his post with immediate effect," while investigations were underway.

Images has reached out to the people mentioned in the statement for further comment.


Irfan Jul 01, 2018 09:57pm
What is Patari?
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Awan Jul 01, 2018 10:34pm
Very sad state of affairs that one man can bring down the whole company. Patari's story is pretty inspiring as they started from scratch and very able to establish a music platform for Pakistan. But sadly this company is going down due to the interference of one person.
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PatariRocks Jul 01, 2018 11:49pm
Someone needa to buy this company NOW. This is the Spotify of Pakistan !!!
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Mani Jul 02, 2018 04:30am
An ethical stand, OK. From a PR point of view the company will take a hit but otherwise I don’t think it will make much of a difference. The music will still be there for all to listen, the artists will still get paid and emerging talent will be supported through their programs. So all in all, not a big deal.
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shahram Jul 02, 2018 06:55am
I feel Sorry for Rabeel Warraich, who trusted in them.
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Maryam Jul 02, 2018 07:16am
Khalid bajwa is the same guy who used to post lovey dovey messages about his mother. And then he took away another girls dignity. Shame on him. She is also the daughter of a woman.
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Farooq Jul 02, 2018 11:35am
So Ahmer Naqvi and Mahwish Bhatti who were accomplice in Khalid Bajwa's all doings they found themselves running the company after Bajwa's exit. Now when after the audit the investors are taking over the company and when Raheel Waraich was to become interim CEO and it was obvious he is going to fire all these 6 people who were Bajwa's gang...they chose to resign with such allegations. Naqvi & Bhatti have totally lost it. Great that the Bajwa gang is now no more part of Patari. Great move by Investors.
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