Update ( SECP Chairman takes action ) : SECP Officer pressurizes Rozee.pk for favor – Rozee.pk defies
UPDATE: This just is communicated by Monis
“After a flurry of email exchanges, I just received a call from the SECP Chairman (yes, at 10:45pm) and the commissioner company law division. They are taking action against the individual who called. Super impressed. You don’t see this in Pakistan. The bigger story has been the SECP’s positive response to this incident as opposed to the the incident itself.”
UPDATE: sorry for misleading title earlier, went with the emotions, the request was not from SECP but from an officer (He claimed to be an SECP Employee) misusing his powers
Well this is some thing which comes as no surprise, it is good to note that out tech firms are getting to a point where Government organizations need them to get things done. What is not ok is their assumption that they would be use their powers to get what they want. Any way I would post it as Monis Rehman posted it on his notes, Kudos to him for standing for what he believes in.
Today I received a rather bizarre “official” call from someone in SECP’s enforcement division. He emphasized several times that he was from the “enforcement” arm of the Security Exchange Commission of Pakistan. After he had repeated this enough times and was satisfied that it had sunk in, he proceeded to tell me what he wanted. He wanted ROZEE.PK to allow his sister to apply for a job by posted by our client DFID that was past its application deadline. Basically, to slip her CV in the electronic pool through a back door. This call made my blood boil, because to me it represents much of what is wrong with Pakistan. I refused. We are now bracing ourselves for frivolous notices from SECP. I sincerely hope this does not happen.
Here is a copy of my subsequent email to SECP Chairman Mr. Mohammad Ali:
Dear Mr. Ali,
I hope this email finds you well.
My name is Monis Rahman and I am a Silicon Valley entrepreneur who moved back to Pakistan to setup ROZEE.PK, Pakistan’s largest recruiting portal, with the help of two venture capital funds, ePlanet Ventures and Draper Fisher Jurvetson. These funds also helped create success stories such as Hotmail and Skype. We have worked very hard as a pioneering Internet business in Pakistan, with now over 40,000 employers posting job ads on our website and 5 Million professionals visiting from Pakistan each year.
The reason I am emailing you is because of a rather disturbing phone call from someone claiming to represent SECP in your enforcement team. He identified himself as Hammad Javed, Deputy Enforcement Officer and asked to speak to me directly. He repeated that he was from SECP’s enforcement team in a rather threatening manner and asked for me to help his sister with her job application at DFID, which happens to be one of our clients. The application expiration date had passed and he wanted us to bypass the their controls and submit his sisters application. I refused.
This was under the veiled threat of SECP’s “Enforcement” division. I thought this should be brought to your knowledge. As a patriotic Pakistani, this phone call represented much of what I believe is wrong in Pakistan today. I’m sure you will agree that this is not the sort of harassment that hard working citizens should be subjected to, particularly while making great sacrifices for Pakistan in such turbulent times.