After an alleged incident at the Trade Development Authority Pakistan (TDAP) fashion show during this year's Textile EXPO (TEXPO2023), Pakistani models Hasnain Lehri and Nimra Jacob have unexpectedly found themselves at the centre of a controversy.
Lehri was shown in a Pakistani tabloid video arguing angrily with another model, Jacob, while the other models looked on.
The female models approached Jacob, who was visibly upset by the alleged event, in the footage, which depicted a tense scene.
Lehri passionately refuted the allegations as the argument continued. He was being restrained by a few individuals, while Jacob crying, was being surrounded by a group of models.
To tell her side of the tale, the model uploaded several Instagram Stories. "You can't mistreat me. You can't threaten me. You can't bully me. And you surely will not put your hands on me without consequences," stated the model, "We, in the fashion industry, have seen too much abuse, disrespect, and complete, utter negligence for our safety to tolerate it anymore. I have no space in my heart for forgiveness when it comes to abuse, harassment, bullying, assault, etc.''
"Without any plausible cause, threats were made at me. I was verbally abused and physically assaulted. My property was taken and used to blackmail me. My female colleagues were harmed in the process of trying to protect me,'' she continued.
she said ''This all happened at work, where I made sure to bring it to the attention of the management that I was being threatened by the perpetrator before he even became violent. The management should have taken action the first time I mentioned concern for my safety."
She further wrote, "I'm lucky there were eyewitnesses to this man's horrific actions. From his threats to his violence, some people witnessed it all. As traumatized as I am, I'm not standing alone. I refuse to let anyone abuse, threaten, intimidate, or belittle my colleagues or myself in any way. Today I stand to let you know that I will call out these abusers, harassers, and bullies for exactly who/what they are. Every single one of them."
"If we want the industry to be a safe space, we need to take a stand and collectively check disrespect at the door. We need to demand accountability for those who are supposed to ensure our safety at work. And demand zero tolerance for the perpetrators involved in spewing such violence and aggression at the workplace. I'm done with this toxic, abusive culture. No more! Enough is enough," she added.
On the other hand, Lehri while talking to a local publication revealed Jacob first misbehaved with him.
He stated, "I unequivocally refute any allegations of physical altercation and abuse. I come from a highly respected family, we wouldn't get into a fight over something so trivial.''
The model described how the situation developed, saying that it all started when Jacob purposely ran into him while they were both walking down the ramp for the sportswear company Spartans. Jacob tapped my shoulder as we were crossing the ramp. We proceeded backstage, and as she approached me, she asked me to teach her how to walk the ramp. She then brought up my deceased father during the dispute that followed.
There are witnesses for this verbal debate, he continued. The organisers Tehmina Khaled, Tehmim, and choreographer Nubain Ali were among the many people who were present. I brought up my concerns with them, and they informed me that [Jacob] has a history of problems with other models and is infamous for her lack of professionalism, he added.
"After the performance, as I was getting ready to go, Nubain came over and inquired about the situation. This is when [Jacob] came back and started the debate again as Nubain and I were conversing," Lehri continued. "She then yelled at me with abusive word, and I responded. She then pulled out her phone and began to record me at that point.''
KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on October 4, 2023 (Wednesday).
Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
|UK Pound Sterling||GBP||351.5||355|
|Hong Kong Dollar||HKD||36.74||37.09|
|New Zealand Dollar||NZD||171.55||173.55|
KARACHI - The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 201,100 on Wednesday.
The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs 172,410.
Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs168,730 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs196,807.
Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.
|Lahore||PKR 201,100||PKR 2,300|
|Karachi||PKR 201,100||PKR 2,300|
|Islamabad||PKR 201,100||PKR 2,300|
|Peshawar||PKR 201,100||PKR 2,300|
|Quetta||PKR 201,100||PKR 2,300|
|Sialkot||PKR 201,100||PKR 2,300|
|Attock||PKR 201,100||PKR 2,300|
|Gujranwala||PKR 201,100||PKR 2,300|
|Jehlum||PKR 201,100||PKR 2,300|
|Multan||PKR 201,100||PKR 2,300|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 201,100||PKR 2,300|
|Gujrat||PKR 201,100||PKR 2,300|
|Nawabshah||PKR 201,100||PKR 2,300|
|Chakwal||PKR 201,100||PKR 2,300|
|Hyderabad||PKR 201,100||PKR 2,300|
|Nowshehra||PKR 201,100||PKR 2,300|
|Sargodha||PKR 201,100||PKR 2,300|
|Faisalabad||PKR 201,100||PKR 2,300|
|Mirpur||PKR 201,100||PKR 2,300|