I refused a sexual relationship with my boss, he refused to pay me for my work

Published: December 6, 2016

He told me that the job was very simple and easy and he would pay me $600 for it.

If you’re working as a freelance writer, you’re bound to meet and work with people belonging to different cultures and mentalities. To maintain a healthy business in a professional manner, especially now when technology and virtual communication is integral to any business, it’s important to set certain restrictions and guidelines, leaving room for flexibility. But in all cases, be careful about who you trust because this is what happened to me when I let myself trust a ‘big name’.

Two months ago, I chose to work for a well-known journalist, Wajahat Kazmi – one of those personalities who have a very charming public profile with a lot of fans and followers. They come across rather respectable and professional. But boy was I wrong! The project he initiated required a freelance writer for a month. Hence I applied and was awarded the project.

I trusted him. How could I not trust someone with such strong work ethics? This man had been working for many reputable institutions such as Samaa TV, Dawn, BBC, CNN, CTV, Huffington Post, DNA India and International Business Times. I agreed to work for him without any advance payment, as he said the amount exceeded his visa card limit at the time of him offering me a job.

Essentially, the ‘project’ was to write articles for his blog and then to share them to all his social media accounts. For a month, I excelled at my job, aiming to develop a long-term contract with this seemingly reputable and professional man. He always appeared to be happy with my work, considering he gave little to no criticism.

I later understood why this was so.

After completing my month, and when I was preparing my invoice for all the articles that I wrote for him, he told me that he wanted to reward me by assigning me another task. Of course, I was happy to hear that; it eliminated the trouble/time used to find a new project, and more work meant more money. Although he didn’t need to put in much effort to convince me since he told me that the job was very simple and easy and he would pay me $600 for it. I jumped at the opportunity. That is until he disclosed what the task really was.

This ‘easy task’ was to have a sex chat with him.

I was instantly disgusted and boiled with rage. But considering that he hadn’t paid me for the month-long project as yet, I had to address the issue with a sound mind. I reminded myself that freelance projects expose one to a mix of people and even when you disagree with another’s opinions or thoughts, one should always conduct themselves in a professional manner. I politely explained to him that I’m content with the project I just completed, one where my expertise in writing and marketing were exercised, and that I wasn’t interested in tasks of any other nature.

For the next 10 days, Mr Kazmi kept on insisting. He kept pestering me to participate in sexual chats with him and began to address me in a language which was sexual in nature. I asked him to be professional but he had other things on his mind. And he still hadn’t paid me for the project either.

He kept providing illogical reasons for being unable to pay. I suggested all kinds of options and mediums he could use to make the payment, to the extent that I was willing to send someone to retrieve the money from him in person.

The last option that Mr Kazmi provided me to make his payment required full access to my credit card details, including the number, security code and the issuing/expiry date. I refused to give him the information he was asking for since I suspected it was a scam.

An advance payment for such projects is a basic requirement when availing opportunities over the internet. But sometimes, we excuse and choose to trust well-known, reputable names based on their credibility in the field.

I chose to write about my experience to expose this man for what he really is. I hope my experience will encourage other people to come forward and share their own so we can all be aware of who we’re dealing with. Sometimes even the most reputable people in the world lack respect for other people and their boundaries.

Note:  At about 3pm, on December 6, 2016, after this piece was published, Wajahat Kazmi disabled his Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.  

Amira Hashim

Amira Hashim

The author is a freelancer marketer and writer. She started writing after 7 years of working as a marketer and decided to turn her passion into a professional career.

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Jahan

    Before everybody start bashing the Guy lets hear his response as well and his side of story. My first reaction was that somebody posed as Wajahat but Allah knows the reality.Recommend

  • Noman Ansari

    That piece of crap. Kudos to ET… the only publication that has the guts to post this. Recommend

  • Hassan

    Good to see that u have got the entire conversation with you, these can serve as a proof against him for not releasing ur due payments, apart from exposing him u should also try and file a case against him, assuming that u have a written contract with u, if nothing else then i guess you better present these conversion in the court hopefully it will work for u. good to see our women taking bold steps. but at least u got ur lesson quite well.Recommend

  • angrybird

    handle such people. he needs something in serious.Recommend

  • Cashiph

    Ms. Amira Hashim, It’s your fault to trust such works and people, as if you have credible education and qualification you could have tried more reliable works and organizations. Online scams always result in that. Secondly you are brave enought o put it in the form of proofs with the person who mis-communicated with you . Have you tried to file the case at FIA Cyber crime cell-they can help you to recover your amount also for the work done and any additional compensation., you can also file a written online complaint with these proofs to Wafaqi Mohtasib. Don’t leave it here with an article.Recommend

  • Nouman Ahmad

    Kudos to you for highlighting this and not giving into his blackmailing. I am going to share it as much as possible.Recommend

  • Usama

    I am very sorry that this happened to you. I hope you find honest people to work with in the future. Recommend

  • Parvez

    That was pretty detailed and would be hard for Mr. Kazmi to refute……but to be fair it would be good to hear what he has to say.Recommend

  • Noman Ansari

    I stopped reading after: “Ït’s your fault”

    Stop with the victim blaming.Recommend

  • Noman Ansari

    He’s deleted his Facebook and Twitter.Recommend

  • Syed Zarar

    Sexual harassment is not the fault of the victim. Although I understand what you’re referring to, it was still an idiotic statement to make.Recommend

  • Anonymouse

    Dear Mr. Cashewiph,

    Can you define what “such works and people” are? Exactly how is it the author’s fault? Freelancing is a well respected avenue in the field of writing if you must know. Frankly, I would rather hear both sides before sending Mr. Wajahat to the gallows.Recommend

  • Muhammad Shahrukh Abbasey

    Amira Hashim make a complaint with Federal Ombudsman Secretariat for Protection against harassment of women at workplace,I am sure you will not be dissapointed. http://www.fos-pah.gov.pk Recommend

  • Aaa

    You are very brave for doing many women stay silent on this issue well done for exposing him serves him right. Recommend

  • Zohaib Qamer

    I am surprised that both of them work/worked for all these ‘reputed’ news/social media outlets…. faith in humanity lost……Recommend

  • Hassan

    would love to see ur reaction if the same was happened to your sister. this is the best thing i have seen on Tribune better than publishing bollywood news . at least it is exposing a criminal. what else would u like this paper to contribute. many girls would get aware and saved from such people. i have my doubts that u r someone related to Wajahat Kazmi.Recommend

  • angrybird

    thta guy already deleted his twitter and fb accounts..Recommend

  • Ahsan

    What more proof do you need? That guy is a total creep!Recommend

  • Nabeel Ahmed

    Report to Cyber crime Department of FIA they have strict compliance and case investigations related to Online harrasments and Frauds.Recommend

  • Talha Rehman

    Seems fake to me. The grammar is just terrible and i doubt a professional journalist can be so grammatically naive.Recommend

  • RJSS

    The guy in discussion is trying to delete his online footprint – His Twitter account is already inactive and this confirms his fear and guilt. #Coward. Shame on him. Salute to the lady for standing up against harassment and remaining strongly professional. Well done.Recommend

  • Naveed Masood

    So proud of you that you decided to come out of the closet and fight this harassment!! Hope you get what is rightfully yours.Recommend

  • MR.X

    This is shameful by the man in this case if he is guilty.And yes his view should be heard. These things are happening in universities and offices in Islamic republic of pakistan. Men and women are both involved. We are getting sick day by day.Recommend

  • Naveed Masood

    i wonder what world Mr. Cashiph lives in. Freelancing is an accepted form of work globally and is a rising industry. such a poor excuse to blame the woman. People are desperate not everyone has a business network – thousands of people freelance in Pakistan to make ends meet and they do not deserve this form of treatment.Recommend

  • MR.X

    no brother hes actually calling the man bad.read carefully again.u misunderstoodRecommend

  • Noman Ansari

    I called him a piece of crap and was complimenting ET.Recommend

  • Noman Ansari

    Editors work their magic.Recommend

  • Pointraiser

    Did you receive the payment?Recommend

  • Haseeb Aftab

    That is really embarrassing however you need to file the case at FIA Cyber crime so that the guy will get his reward. Frustrated man!Recommend

  • farah sadiq
  • Raza Aslam

    As a woman especially in our society , it must have taken a lot of courage to post this and that too with your name.
    So many girls go through stuff like this from entitled small people like him.
    Thank you for showing the world his true face and more power to you.Recommend

  • amirza1985 .

    you dint get what he saidRecommend


    May Allah give you courage by exposing a WOLF…………can somebody serve justice in this case…….or is it too much to expect from our JUSTICE system………Recommend

  • Alber

    brave ladyRecommend

  • Muhammad Usman

    You should file proper case in court against him.Recommend

  • fk

    I am so proud of you. Send this article to all the news agencies he works with. Write for huffington post, cnn bbc everywhere. Name and shame him!Recommend

  • Bilal

    Big Applause for you lady and salute to your courage … and you have done a great job by exposing it…

    The only thing which am seeing that his ‘dirty intentions’ shouldn’t be prolonged this much; I don’t know why you waited for such long … the movement he started; You should have give him shut-up call … no payment can be greater then your dignity. .. Good Luck ..Recommend

  • Anonymous Rebel
  • Bilawal Bashir

    Why? These screenshots are here. If it was false, why would he disable his social media accounts?

    So please try not to blame the freelancer here, Wahayat is a creeper.Recommend

  • Sabih Zafar Ullah

    The guys face book clearly appears to have been hacked. Some scammer trying to skim money from the poor woman.Recommend

  • Bilawal Bashir

    With your sentence structure, I’m surprised you even passed metric :PRecommend

  • Bilawal Bashir

    Yeah, the social media links posted there are gone.Recommend

  • SalmanAhmed6

    Well done… Very courageous to have stood firm and to have brought this into the open! Recommend

  • Haney

    What a stupid, pathetic jerk was he. I was cringing all the way, didn’t had courage to read all article, closed once then again muster up courage to know what’s happening in our society. Having intimate chat with children of 3. Is he really that stupid, desperate or what ?

    But i must praise your for remaining thoroughly professional, Lady. I admire you for being come up and not even showing slight sign of Anger. Awsome.!!! Recommend

  • Gemini

    LOL Nice StrategyRecommend

  • http://www.wajahatkazmi.com Wajahat Kazmi

    Okay guys! I was out on street getting my car repaired since last few hours when I got a notification regarding this article. As much as I wanted to respond, I couldn’t as I was standing in the middle of road. Now let’s come to the point.

    Firstly, a big shame on Express Tribune for publishing a totally one-sided post without even taking my opinion though I believe ET is operated from the same city I live in, i.e. Karachi. I am not only raising a complaint to the Cyber Crime Circle of FIA against the writer of this blog for her hugely false claims but also against ET for publishing something which is really damaging to my reputation without knowing the real facts on the basis of only conversational screenshots of WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger which hardly takes five minutes to create on websites easily available with one simple Google search.

    Secondly, I hired this lady for writing me articles for a website which I was running as a side project but during the whole month she just copied/pasted the articles from other websites on to mine word-to-word. This really affected my website ranking thus I had to cancel my contract with her and the Freelancer contract mentioned on their website clearly states if the client is not satisfied with the work, he can choose not to pay.

    Thirdly, I am attaching a screenshot of an email this lady sent to me few days back blackmailing me that she will prepare *fake screenshots* to defame me and spread it on internet which she apparently did. Thus, she wanted to get away with receiving money without doing any work.

    See it guys: http://imgur.com/a/QEMWX https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/97028e5af5468c100e1c57efb3849ea128e1105c81d53356f29ed233c4399a4c.jpgRecommend

  • https://timebandit.github.io @ImranNazirMir

    I am a UK born Pakistani; growing up here our elders gave us the impression that the people over in PK; although poorer, are raised in a more virtuous, god fearing and family oriented way; not like us ‘ungraiz ki awlaad’ with our ‘western’ habits.

    Having spent six months living there I realized that it was all a fantasy and that many of the young men there are not so innocent. In that six months there, I heard more ‘bakwaas’ from the men than I have heard from any desi bought up the UK up till the present day.

    It makes me wonder what UK parents who take their daughters to PK to find them a husband are thinking to themselves; I don’t think they have realistic expectations and that they should insist on a HIV test from any potential suitor.

    In that six months I was asked on three separate occasions by friends of relatives if I wanted a prostitute, came to learn about the loafers who take photos of young women and then blackmail them into ‘sex chats’ and got an inkling that when a man say he is going to Lahore on a ‘business trip’ they are invariably ending up in heera mundi. Yet the same men want a ‘good girl’ for a wife who knows how to cook and will look after their parents.

    The same men who will be agreeing to the killing of Qandeel Baloach will be adding girls they don’t know on Facebook and be looking for girls from the high-schools they can go on ‘kissing’ trips with.Recommend

  • http://futurecmo.org/ Babar Khan

    Thanks for speaking up.Recommend

  • http://futurecmo.org/ Babar Khan

    people like you are the reason waterboarding was invented.Recommend

  • Aamna Hassan Fasihi

    Thank you for not fearing about your ‘izzat’ and exposing such pathetic men. It’s clear that he wanted to scam you but idk what do these men even get by ‘sex chats’. Cheaper orgasm? :/Recommend

  • http://www.wajahatkazmi.com Wajahat Kazmi

    What a big shame! Express Tribune didn’t even have the guts to approve my comment and explanation on their website in the comments section and deleted it while it was being moderated. Speaks volume about the level of their journalism based of hype rather than facts.Recommend

  • Aamna Hassan Fasihi

    This piece of crap was probably not taken up by any other publishing entity because the guy had been associated with some notable ones. Recommend

  • Ali Kazmi

    This looks like a case of identity theft, some hacker might have take over his account. Please report to Facebook or whatever media has been used and also to cybercrime control/police etc.Recommend

  • Kamal Shahid

    Its matric (as in matriculation). Metric is a system/unit of measurement. Goes to prove you too are not that bright, eh?Recommend

  • Sandra Peterson

    Utterly disgusting! Let’s what he comes up with in regard to his clarification.Recommend

  • Javed Iqbal

    That’s disgusting this guy seems a scam, I work for CNN and let me tell you very clearly Mr Wajahat Kazmi has nothing to do with CNN at all. Recommend

  • Javed Iqbal

    This is disgusting I work for CNN for last few years and let me tell you very clearly this guy has nothing to do with CNN. Recommend

  • Amber Darr

    Please consider filing a complaint. Recommend

  • Amir

    Dear Kazmi, You did it wrong, at least this is not the way to ask a girl for a hookup or get laid. At least you have ended up your entire career before it was barely started :) For now, its just on ET which has less number of target audience than some channels which they might consider airing had you insist shifting blame upchuck. I would brotherly advice you to move on, find a new career and next time you ask a girl night out or sex chat, please check which credentials to show and which ones to hide.Recommend

  • hp kumar

    I m an Indian working in IT industry and from my experience i see vengeance written all over it. Girls in my company have done what not to reach to new height.They never discuss it with us.I think pak girls r no different.Since you had got no benefit at the end,you did it.As i see ,you have badly hurt your own career as well as the career of that person.There r several cases of sexual harassment at work place and they have been dealt more maturely.ET must look into their policy..Rather she should go to police and lodge a complaint.Media on a whole must encourage this practice rather than go for media trial.Recommend

  • hp kumar

    sorry pl dont publish my comment.I have no intention to indulge here.Recommend

  • Saad Durrani

    It’s matric, not its matric. I am having fun with this “typo” thread. Lets see how it goes from here. :DRecommend

  • Sarmad Sangi

    Yes let FIA investigate it. You must know that facebook and other such service keep logs even after you delete your conversations. So if you did what this lady is saying you are going down for sure.

    Since you mentioned you are not guilty at all then why were you twitter and facebook profiles suddenly deactivated that time ?Recommend

  • Danish Ayub

    You’re a disgusting manRecommend

  • bogus

    Thanks for sharing. If you were were in the West you could take him to court – in Pakistan I suppose you write a blog. On the bright side – he won’t work for BBC, CNN or any other Western media outlet every again once this behavior becomes know.Recommend

  • Otter

    She didn’t say the screenshots would be fake. You did, rather unconvincingly. Considering that you even began this diatribe with an excuse, something tells me you’re just trying to claim plausible deniability while seeming incredibly slimy and scummy.Recommend

  • nabeelmoeen79

    And the professional free lance wrirer?
    Although this is shameful but something about the quality of written text both by a professional journalist and a writer seems a bit offRecommend

  • Ayesha Khan

    Ive lived in US for 26 years and i agree with you. I feel more safe raising my children in America.Recommend

  • alama.javed

    Before jumping on the bandwagon of sexual harassment, should we not question whether the person who contacted the particular freelancer really was who he claimed he was? What if someone was impersonating that journalist and defrauded this woman? Screenshots are not enough, research shall be done into this matter, what if you end up defaming that person when in reality it was someone else using his name for this purpose, I mean it’s not everyday that reputable journalists having worked for organizations such as CNN and BBC ask their subordinates for “sexy chats”, who in their right mind would so foolishly put their reputation on the line and risk everything, while leaving the conversation record as an evidence?Recommend

  • Faisal Ur Rahman

    Contact FIA Cyber crime wing for online harassment and also file a lawsuit to recover money and damages. People like him should not be spared with just naming and shaming. They usually do not have shame anyway.Recommend

  • KM

    Don’t think your response is satisfactory. FIA can prove if chat really occurred or not I suppose.Recommend

  • Ramiz

    Never heard something so idiotic. The hacker took over his freelance account, his whatsapp, his twitter as well ?Recommend

  • Noman

    You are a brace girl. Recover your Moët by contacting the police and showing them the above texts. There ida cyber law that can help you. Good lu k to you.Recommend

  • Nouman

    Thats what, I am trying to tell these ppl…..No self respecting professional would have the sort of pompous website this sleaze ball has made for himself…..and now it is obvious, even the articles purporting to be his are actually ghost written.Recommend

  • Amnah Khalid

    Wajaht ur a real idiot and too bad caught too, pay up and get lost.
    1. u wrote how difficult is it to fake screenshots not her!
    2. No where do u mention her work until now that it was cut paste, most blogs are sorry !
    3. why dident you take the warning from the lady when she told it will go to press did u expect a call like the police to get urself arrested.
    shame on u sicko wake up take free advice, dont try to pull this game further.Recommend

  • Nouman

    you think we were born yesterday……..if you feel that horny, why not start at home…..Recommend

  • oats

    There is good and bad everywhere and Pakistan is no exception. The difference is that poverty allows some people to take advantage of others in the Third World. The problem in the UK is that we have large groups of Asians who live in poor council flats ( government housing) taking in benefits (because they don’t work) and commit all types of insurance fraud and schemes to make money. All the while they pretend that they are pious and religious telling others in Muslim lands that true Islam is only to be found in the working class slums of the Midlands! I think that ET has done a fabulous job of exposing this sexual predator and the media should continue to highlight such incidents ( checking to make sure they are true of course) in order to change behavior. If not, Pakistan risks becoming like India which is known as the Rape Capital of the World.Recommend

  • RHR

    This is what happens when you dont even read the comment properly and start writing! Noman was calling Wajahat a piece of crap and actually praising ETRecommend

  • RHR

    Noman Ansari called Wajahat a piece of crap, not this articleRecommend

  • Bilal Haider

    Well done to expose him, these people must be punished and ashamed before their friends and family publicly. Post this article link to his wall and in comment in his posts. #Cyber CrimeRecommend

  • Talha Dar

    I was starting to buy Wajahat’s story but his version does not sound to be true after reading the emails. When the lady said she was preparing screenshots, it does not sound like she was preparing fake ones. Mr. Wajahat’s reply looks like a failed attempt to give an impression that she would me faking things.Recommend

  • afreen

    Where did she write “fake screen shots”?Recommend

  • Ali

    You degenerate, its only you insinuating that she created the “fake screenshots” in the “email” you have posted above. People like you give Pakistanis a bad name.Recommend

  • Anum Sharf

    You did the right thing to expose this man….but I’m still wondering being such a big shot and knowing how a smallest mistake can ruin one’s image on social media, this guy kept on behaving like this….it’s best to hear his part as well…but still i believe on all the proves presented in the article.Recommend

  • Mehet Khan

    post the photo of Wajahat Kazimi to enabled masses to know about WajahatRecommend

  • Karachi kings

    U mentioned the words ” fake screenshots” she never did that
    Why don’t u chat with me and we can have a nice sex chat Recommend

  • Khawlah

    You mentioned fake screenshots in the email and not her. She just said that she will share the screenshots of the chat.

    About her plagiarizing, do you have any screenshots of the feedback you provided her about this? Can you give examples of the said plagiarism?

    Anyway, someone should contact CNN, BBC and Huffington post that you are claiming to be affiliated with them when all I see is your tweets used by them. Tweets that were exaggeration like terrorist entering the plane during Karachi airport attack?Recommend

  • Ahmar khan

    What a creep. I checked his fb and he has that smug loser look all over his stupid face. I find it hard to believe that he is considered a “respectable journalist” anywhere.

    Good job speaking up about this. And you did a smart thing by keeping track of all his msgs. All girls take notes. This is how you expose perverts pretending to be saints.Recommend

  • Ahmar khan

    The proper idiom is “goes to show” not “goes to prove”.

    Larn ze rYte Inglish gremer naHzis!!1Recommend

  • mobeen

    Amira Hashim’s flawless writing speaks for her truthfulness.If the cyber crime department is indulged in this case they can retrieve all the deleted material posted by the perpetrator Wajahat on his social media and it might even disclose his previous vicious acts of pestering his previous employees. Kudos Amira Hashim for writing such a great article.Recommend

  • Ahsan Haider

    I guess u can write to FIA and file a case of sexual harassment against him since u have all the record of his chat.Recommend

  • Ahmar khan

    You pathetic excuse of a journalist. We can all see the kind of satisfaction you wanted from the poor lady.

    You should be jailed for fraud.Recommend

  • Anoni

    What a pathetic explanation. There is nothing in your image that suggests that you did not upload those pictures. Also, there is no woman especially a mother of three who would make up this crap just to blackmail someone. She has a lot more at stake than you do, knowing our society and culture. Recommend

  • Hasan

    People like these need to be exposed.Recommend

  • Parvez

    The clause you quote for non-payment “…..if the client is not satisfied with the work, he can choose not to pay ” . I am no lawyer but I do feel that you would have to substantiate your claim of lower ranking on your web site and that too after allowing her to work a full month, in which she claims you were satisfied with her work.
    It’s good that you came forward with your version of the story…..I hope better sense prevails and both of you settle matters amicably.Recommend

  • Dan man

    It’s is quite obvious that these screenshots are fake and the texts from both sides are drafted by the same person…both use the word “interesting”instead of “interested”…I am not surprised this lady did not get paid…Recommend

  • AA_Southpaw

    This screenshot does not show that she made a fake conversation.

    Provide your proof if you’re truthful.

    Otherwise a lot could be done with people like you.

    You have provided nothing.

    Maybe in the above screenshot, it was you who was blackmailing her with the fake screenshots.Recommend

  • ovais

    and we will never know who is right or wrong Recommend

  • mo

    But you still had the time to delete all your social media accounts?Recommend

  • Hammad Ahmed

    Thank You for exposing him. Plus, kudos to your strong character!Recommend