After talking to the media outside the courts today, Ali Zafar shared a statement on his social media saying: “For one whole year I have been silent while facts were being distorted and me, my family and my supporters were being cyber bullied through fake accounts SHOCKINGLY being followed, endorsed and retweeted by Meesha’s own lawyer who claims to be an “internet rights activist” and “human rights lawyer”. Same fake accounts were printed in various credible publications to build a narrative against me. If there is anything more shamefully criminal, it’s this! I have filed a case against them too in the FIA. Enough is enough! This is my statement regarding my case against #MeeshaShafi. She should stop hiding behind fake accounts to fight her case and instead come to the court to face the truth. #FaceTheCourtMeeshaShafi ”
PMR rounds up Ali Zafar vs Meesha Shafi Case
Apr 19, 2018: Roughly at about 4pm, the Pakistani music industry was shocked as Meesha Shafi released a statement on Twitter alleging that Ali Zafar sexually harassed her.
Sharing this because I believe that by speaking out about my own experience of sexual harassment, I will break the culture of silence that permeates through our society. It is not easy to speak out.. but it is harder to stay silent. My conscience will not allow it anymore #MeToo pic.twitter.com/iwex7e1NLZ
— MEESHA SHAFI (@itsmeeshashafi) April 19, 2018
Apr 19, 2018 (3hours latter): Ali Zafar released a statement, responding to Meesha’s allegations
— Ali Zafar (@AliZafarsays) April 19, 2018
Apr 23, 2018: Ali Zafar sends Meesha Shafi a legal notice where he demands an apology or else he will fil a PKRS 100 Million defamation suit against her.
Apr 24, 2018: Meesha Shafi announces that she Mohammed Ahmed Pansota and Nighat Dad as her representatives for all legal matters pertaining to her harassment claim against Ali Zafar.
Apr 25 2018: Ali Zafar sends Meesha Shafi a PKRS 100 crore defamation notice for the sexual harassment allegations she made against him on Twitter a week ago.
May 12, 2018: Meesha Shafi’s lawyers responded to the legal notice sent by Ali Zafar, saying: “We categorically deny all allegations, assertions and/or insinuation made in your notice against our client, all of which are legally and factually incorrect…The Notice is hence rejected it in its entirety.”
Aug 1, 2018: The Governor Of Punjab rejectes Meesha Shafi’s Cas as Mesha Shafi appeales to the Governor of Punjab against Ali Zafar, using the ‘Protection Against Harassment Of Women At The Workplace Act 2010’ as the governing law.
Aug 13, 2018: Court directs Meesha Shafi to submit reply on Ali Zafar’s defamation suit. The counsel of Meesha Shafi submitted his power of attorney in the court, pleading for adjournment to submit reply. The court accepted his plea and adjourned the case while directing the counsel to bring forth a reply from his client by the next hearing. The court adjourned the hearing till 25 September, giving the defendant more time to prepare a stronger defense.
Oct 18, 2018: Meesha Shafi responds to Ali Zafar’s defamation notice and denied all allegations of slander made by Zafar in his notice. Meesha Shafi’s lawyer also said that in response to the defamation notice sent by Ali Zafar, Meesha Sfai and her legal team have attached testimonies of several women accusing Ali of sexual misconduct with their reply and the previous dismissal order by the ombudsman.
Feb 3, 2019: Sessions court in Lahore summon Ali Zafar on February 9 in a case pertaining to sending legal notice to Meesha Shafi. During the hearing, Ali Zafar’s lawyer requests the court to direct Meesha to pay Rs100 crore for defaming his client.
March 11, 2019: Ali Zafar files another case against Meesha Shafi and soughts legal action against her for alleged misrepresentation, misstatement and submitting forged documents before a sessions court. The singer Ali Zafar pleaded in his petition that the statement filed by Meesha Shafi is a complete mismatch to the dates and sequence of the events.
Apr 9, 2019: LHC orders to wrap up Ali Zafar, Meesha Shafi case in 90 days as Ali Zafar had earlier filed a case under the Defamation Ordinance 2002 claiming damages of Rs1 billion, was filed by Ali
Apr 12, 2019: Meesha Shafi files appeal in sc to overturn lhc decision in Ali Zafar defamation case
Apr 27, 2019: Ali Zafar and Meesha shafi case is adjourned till May 4, 2019.
Ali Zafar appears for the court hearings regarding the Meesha Shafi case and after the hearing gives an interview requesting Meesha Shafi and her team to appear prompty for the court hearings too.