Careem Managing Director Junaid Iqbal on Tuesday claimed an inspector general (IG) of police tried to force his son’s job application to the top of the pile despite him being highly qualified.
In a Facebook post, Iqbal wrote how an IG called him and tried to influence his son’s chances at securing a position with the company. “An IG Police called me this morning lending his support to his son’s application for a job,” Iqbal wrote.
Upon telling the police official that such a situation may decrease chances of his son being appointed for the position, the IG police replied, “Lagta hai aap nay Pakistan mein pehli dafa kaam kia hai,” [seems like you’re working in Pakistan for the first time], the Careem MD added.
Iqbal further said he explained the official Careem’s hiring process. “He was kind enough, he listened, he understood, I gave him the email address of our recruiter and also the Jobvite link,” the post read. Following this, the official’s son emailed the recruiters but wrote, In reference to Mr Junaid’s discussion with my father so and so. And then under his name, signs off the email as “S/O IGP XYZ.”
However, Iqbal claimed Careem would have most likely hired him had he applied on merit as they needed someone with his qualifications. “The saddest thing is that this guy has headed BD for two e-commerce companies in Pakistan. We would have most likely taken him anyways. We need that profile for one of our new products.”
“I wrote back to him asking him to clarify if he is applying as son of IG or as former BD Head of XYZ and a fresh MBA.
Why? Why do people do this? Who can’t they believe that fair play does exist,” Iqbal’s post read.