The Islamabad Club found itself amid another controversy on Sunday after a female official of the elite club accused a “powerful member” of the club’s management committee of sexually harassing her.
The accusations surfaced four months after a female assistant manager of the Islamabad Club had reportedly committed suicide inside the club.
The recent allegation against the club’s official has prompted the Ministry of Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) to constitute a team to investigate the matter.
The accuser, who worked at the club, accused the committee member of sexual harassment in a written complaint to the CADD secretary. She alleged that the accused used to summon her to his office only to discuss unofficial matters, including her “personal life”.
“He would make me sit in his office for hours, showing photos and narrating stories of his youth. I felt insecure in his office,” she wrote in her letter to the ministry.
Taking notice of the harassment allegation, the ministry of CADD constituted a three-member committee to probe the allegations against the club’s committee member. The investigation committee has been directed to complete its proceedings within a month.
The office order, a copy of which is available with DawnNews, has assigned Joint Secretary CADD to investigate the matter.
The female employee alleged that she was fired immediately after she refused to obey the “immoral” orders of the club’s committee member.
“First I felt insecure in the office of that person, but now I am worried about the future of my three-year-old daughter. He [the club official] had threatened me of dire consequences,” she told DawnNews.
When contacted, the accused official refused to comment. However, Shahid Khan, the administrator of the club, said that a committee had been constituted by CADD to probe the allegations and that the truth will prevail.