Unilever Denies Responsibility Over Saad Khan's Death
As the tale surrounding the mysterious circumstances of Saad Khan's death remain as murky as the water in which he lost his life, Unilever has absolved itself of all responsibility regarding the death. Ms Aslam, the information officer for Unilever Pakistan, said that Unilever Pakistan, a division of the multinational soap and cosmetics maker, was not involved in the production of the show, which was handled by a director and crew from Working Hands Production, based in the Indian entertainment capital of Mumbai.
According to Fareshte Aslam, Unilever Pakistan accepts no liability for Khan’s death, Ms Aslam said, but she added that the company is in discussions to provide for Mr Khan’s wife and four children "out of rightness."
This comes on the heels of the fact that across Pakistan leading Blogs covering the reports of Saad Khan's Death like Teeth Maestro (www.teeth.com.pk), S.I.N. CITY (http://umairmohsin.wordpress.com) and the original e-mag that broke the story, Aarpix (www.aarpix.com) have reportedly been blocked by various ISPs in Pakistan. Blocks also continue across the board with all those blogs covering Saad Khan's death coming under the fire.
Unilever has also declined to release the footage of the death, even after 10 days of the death, citing 'investigation & inquiry'. Questions however remain unanswered and consistent demands to Unilever's representatives remain unheeded. There have also been rumors that Mindshare & their production company were not tasked with signing the required safety documents for this show. Also bloggers have asked that if the stunt was so dangerous, why were the life jackets made optional especially with 7 Kg weights in backpacks which would have gotten heavier in the water.
Other information presented also leaves questions of negligence. According to 'The News' article, it took 30 minutes to find Saad Khan's body in the pond located in Chatuchak park in Bangkok. The pond is reported to be muddy with precise depth unknown. If the cameras were shooting the participants, why did it take divers so long to reach him or only later were 'professional divers' called it.
Unilever's avoidance of the media has also called into question the ethical & moral responsibilities of the corporation. The family of Saad Khan has yet also to be approached. Speculations by friends are rife that Unilever's lawyers may have asked them to remain quiet at the threat of withholding the compensation.
As the story continues to unfold we ask why the secrecy if the corporation is not at fault and why is the local media still silent with only the Jang Group in Pakistan & Dawn Group giving an official version of the story. The cover-up continues....