KARACHI: Another scandal has been reported at the Institute of Business Administration (IBA) Karachi, as the institute has expelled a student who had publicly highlighted an alleged harassment incident at the varsity.
Mohammad Gibrail was punished for taking to social media to report the incident instead of using the “right channels” established by the institute, according to a statement shared on IBA’s Facebook page.
The FB post said “The student was given multiple occasions to reconsider his actions and was counselled numerous times to reassess his actions. Having failed to do that, the Disciplinary Committee has decided to expel the student as the IBA has zero-tolerance policy towards the violation of its rules and regulations.”
Disciplinary proceedings were started against Gibrail after he posted on Facebook about an incident he observed in the IBA’s finance department on August 25, wherein he heard the manager of the department screaming at a female employee and saying, “Mein tumhe puri raat betha kar rakhoon ga (I will make you sit here all night).” The student later refused IBA’s demand to take remove the post.
In its statement, the IBA said “it is important to note that [Gibrail’s] highlighting [of] the incident of alleged harassment within IBA has been appreciated by the IBA administration.”
“However, we need to emphasise, the act of the student of whistleblowing of alleged harassment has nothing to do with the Disciplinary matter which was the basis of the hearing and recommendation. The IBA Anti-Harassment Committee is investigating the case as per IBA and HEC rules, regulations, and procedures. We do not jump to any conclusions on the basis of hearsay and always follow processes before any decision can be taken,” it added.
Meanwhile, the now-expelled student maintains that he will not offer an apology.
In a Facebook post on Tuesday night, he wrote: “Have perceived from today’s DC behaviour that they have finalised my expulsion. I know that the people will not stand with me when they will expel me because everyone would worry about their career and well-being. Even still, I’m saying with all my complete senses that I WILL NOT SAY SORRY EVEN IF IT WILL COST MY HEAD. I cannot be a hypocrite, a person who has difference in his words and deeds, and a person who takes decision by looking towards the number of people supporting him; I cannot be that person.”
On June 7, 2021, MM News had reported the issue of students taking drugs and involvement in the immoral activities at the IBA.
Earlier, on February 14, 202, a teacher of Public Administration at IBA Karachi, Mustafa Haider was manhandled, after which security guards were called in to control the situation, later the teachers held protest demonstration and boycotted the classes.