The renowned actress and singer Meesha Shafi, alongside eight other companions, who had defamed Ali Zafar through online-smear campaigns, has been affirmed guilty by Federal Investigation Authority [FIA]. The decision came forward after the aforementioned failed to deliver proofs in support of their statements, regardless of various court hearings. Hence, a court trial has been called on for further proceedings.
It all started in 2018, when Meesha Shafi emerged with accusations of sexual harassment against the topnotch vocalist Ali Zafar. Taking it to her twitter account, the actress had defamed the Rockstar singer of misconduct at multiple occasions. Consequently, Meesha’s public confession stirred a havoc, which brought unwelcomed criticism towards Ali.
At first, Ali Zafar kept grave calm over the matter. However, one year later, the Teefa in trouble actor finally broke the silence, as he filed a defamation case against co-singer Meesha shafi.
Taking it to Lahore High Court, Ali Zafar provided evidences and screenshots of online smear campaign, initiated by Meesha Shafi against him that had damaged his reputation and charisma. Also, he had put forward some fake instagram and twitter profiles, which threatened him and his family and he ostensibly linked them to the Chori Chori vocalist. As a result, the actor demanded Meesha to pay restitution for the disparagement she had pointed at him. And, since then, the two had been engaged in a legal combat.
It is pertinent to mention that besides Meesha, eight other showbiz personalities, who participated in the vilification campaign, were also targeted by the Allay singer. Namely, Iffat Omar, Maham Javaid, Leena Ghani, Haseemus Zaman, Fariha Ayub, Syed Faizan Raza, Humna Raza and rapper Ali Gul Pir, the celebs had backed Shafi in her fabricated indictments.
Hence, on September 29th, a FIR was lodged against Meesha Shafi and eight others under section 20 (1) of the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act 2016 and R/W 109-PPC.
The Meesha-Ali harassment controversy has been going on for two years now. Meesha and eight others were called multiple times by court to offer proofs in support of their statements. Meesha did appear before court last year, but failed to justify her claims and had been dodging the hearings ever since.
However, recently, Ali Zafar’s complaint with the FIA was investigated and on Tuesday, December 15th the case was brought to the trial court. The FIA cybercrime Lahorw wing submitted an interim challan before a special judge, declaring Meesha Shafi and others guilty. It read,
“During the course of investigation so far Meera Shafi alias Meesha Shafi, Iffat Omar, Maham Javaid, Leena Ghani, Haseemus Zaman, Fariha Ayub, Syed Faizan Raza, Humna Raza and Ali Gul Pir have been found guilty in this case as per available oral and documentary evidences. However, the complainant recorded his statement in favour of Hamna Raza to the extent of accepting her apology, thus she is not required in the investigation furthermore.”