Meesha Shafi-Ali Zafar Dispute: Here’s everything you need to know

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The Meesha Shafi-Ali Zafar sexual harassment controversy has been in the limelight for quite some time now. The Pakistani singer-actor has now issued a statement on social media to state that Shafi’s case against him has been dismissed. He also urged people to join him in asking Shafi to come to court saying, ‘she should stop hiding behind fake accounts to fight her case and instead come to the court to face the truth’. According to a report, Ali filed Rs 100 crore defamation suit against actor-singer Meesha Shafi, who accused him of sexual harassment on the micro-blogging site Twitter. Zafar said Shafi damaged his reputation through false allegations. The notice given to Shafi also sought an apology using the same social media platform of Twitter proclaiming the client’s innocence.

Mother of two children went to Twitter to share her experiences. Shafi stated that she was sharing her story because she feels that speaking about such issues will break the culture of silence.

In a photo posted on Twitter, the singer wrote: “I have been subjected to sexual harassment of a physical nature at the hands of a colleague from my industry: Ali Zafar. These incidences did not happen when I was young or just entering the industry. This happened to me despite the fact that I am an empowered, accomplished woman who is known for speaking her mind! This happened to me as a mother of two children.”

 

Meesha Shafi appeared on television for the first time on charges of #MeToo against Ali Zafar since the allegations she leveled at the singer-actor in April 2018. Ali Zafar appeared on television a day ago outside Lahore Sessions and asked Meesha to face the courts. According to Meesha this incident happened in December 2017 for the first time and happened again.

Meesha appeared on noted television anchor Shahzeb Khanzada’s show and spoke up about the allegations. Here is a summary of what she spoke about to Shahzeb Khanzada.

1. Meesha Shafi and Ali Zafar were under contract to perform together on a certain show.

2. Meesha and her husband had let an ‘incident’ go and had moved on from some inappropriate behavior that Ali Zafar had shown towards Meesha. Meesha initially said she decided to ‘forgive and forget’.

3. Meesha had not planned to talk about this incident.

4. A situation arose where Ali Zafar and Meesha Shafi had to be in the same space together in a ‘highly interactive’ way. This is what lead Meesha to speak about this incident after a long time.

5. Ali Zafar had said earlier that Meesha should have spoken to Ali Zafar’s wife. Meesha had requested and messaged through PR experts that kindly ask Ali Zafar to step down because she cannot work with him. Ali Zafar had responded, said Meesha, that he wants Meesha to come to Ali Zafar’s house. Meesha said that she could consider an apology but Ali Zafar changed his stance later.

6. Meesha Shafi and Ali Zafar had gone to have a practise on Ali Zafar’s property with Ali Zafar’s team. Meesha said she did not know a lot of people in that team.

7. Meesha Shafi says she has many witnesses against Ali Zafar.

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