There is a fake news going viral claiming that Meesha Shafi has been sentenced to three years in prison in the defamation case against pop=star Ali Zafa and Twitter has been trending with hashtag #MeeshaShafi and #AliZafar with people praising the court for the verdict.
However, the news circulating on some media outlets is fake according to Meesha Shafi’s lawyer as he issued a statement clarifying the matter and confirming that the defamation case is still undergoing trial and no final verdict has been announced by the court.
This is with ref to the fake news claiming that my client Meesha Shafi has been sentenced to 3 yrs imprisonment. No such verdict has been passed by trial court in the frivolous criminal defamation case instituted by Ali Zafar against several women. Read complete statement below pic.twitter.com/49vRSXtvFe
“No such verdict has been passed by trial court in the frivolous criminal defamation case instituted by Ali Zafar against several women.” said Asad Jamal while clarifying the fake news claiming that his client Meesha Shafi has been sentenced to three years in prison in the defamation case against Ali Zafar.
Indian media picked up on a report by the Daily Mail stating that Pakistani singer Meesha Shafi has been sentenced to three years in prison for in the defamation case against pop-star Ali Zafar. However, this entire matter was misreported by the British tabloid when they miserably failed at re-writing a Wall Street Journal (WSJ) report published on 12 March 2021.
The original Wall Street Journal (WSJ) report was titled “Pakistani Singer Faces Prosecution for Accusing Pop Star of Groping Her.” with complete details of how Meesha Shafi set off one of the most high profile #MeeToo case in the country when accusing pop-star Ali Zafar of groping her.
However, the report was misquoted by Daily Mail as they claimed that the female singer had been sentenced to face “three years in jail” and this was picked up by Indian journalists who started reporting the same without any research at all, which is to be expected of their journalism.
However, there are several Pakistanis who believe the Indian reports and started trending hashtags #MeeshaShafi and #AliZafar while rejoicing over the court verdict as majority are in support of Ali Zafar and against Meesha Shafi in the defamation case.
It is pertinent to mention that the case is currently pending and no verdict has been made regarding the matter.