Meesha Shafi has also filed a case against Ali Zafar but no one is talking about it

Meesha Shafi has also filed a case against Ali Zafar but no one is talking about it

According to Meesha Shafi's lawyers, a sexual harassment case against Ali Zafar is pending before the relevant forum
27 Jun, 2018

The Meesha Shafi-Ali Zafar harassment case officially entered the Pakistani courts this week as a sessions court in Lahore asked Meesha to submit her reply by July 5 in a Rs1 billion defamation case that Ali Zafar has filed against her.

The court, while directing Shafi to file her response by July 5, also restrained her from "making any derogatory remarks" against Ali Zafar "in any manner on print or electronic or social media". In a statement, Ali Zafar's lawyer called Meesha's initial allegations a ploy for 'cheap publicity.'

Also read: Meesha Shafi’s lawyers respond to Ali Zafar’s legal notice, ask him to issue an apology

Many have prematurely interpreted this court order as sign of Ali Zafar's victory as well as his innocence, but is that the whole story?

Largely unnoticed by mainstream media is the fact that Meesha Shafi has also filed a case against Ali Zafar.

After it was revealed that Zafar had filed a defamation case in a Lahore sessions court, Meesha Shafi's legal representatives Nighat Dad and Ahmed Pansota took to Twitter to assure the public that Meesha has filed a sexual harassment case against Ali Zafar and that the case was still pending before the relevant authorities.

According to Ahmed Pansota, some progress on the case is expected to be made in the next 25 days, and efforts will be made to keep the details of the case restricted to the courts and relevant forums.

"Meesha's claim of sexual harassment against Ali Zafar is pending adjudication before the competent forum," said Pansota on Twitter. "The defamation case initiated by Ali Zafar, after finding out about Meesha’s claim, is an unsavoury attempt to divert attention from the main issue of harassment."

When asked about the court's order that asks Meesha Shafi to cease making "derogatory remarks" about Ali Zafar in the media, Pansota clarified: "We have not received any such notice, but I would like to clarify that Meesha Shafi has not been barred from using social media, or barred from speaking about Ali Zafar or about sexual harassment, but simply from making 'derogatory remarks' about Zafar, which she was not making in any case."

Meanwhile, Ali Zafar's upcoming film Teefa in Trouble is being promoted around the country prior to its July release.


irfan farooqui Jun 27, 2018 05:20pm
So confusing.
Harmony-1© Jun 27, 2018 05:57pm
A great and brave woman to stand up against abuse & misogyny.
Alba Jun 27, 2018 06:22pm
She is on a celebrity mission.
Must learn Jun 27, 2018 07:39pm
Meesha Shafi has to provide evidences like Monica Lewinsky , otherwise it's very difficult to establish crime.
M. Saeed Jun 27, 2018 08:32pm
Harassment is a universal issue being talked about and tackled in a big way. We cannot be free from it on any account. Let us discuss and find ways and means to arrest the vice in its initial stages and stop it before becoming a scar on personalities' life.
Fahad Jun 27, 2018 09:18pm
unfortunately nothing will happen....Ali zafar should be barred from media.!!!
jumla Jun 28, 2018 05:04am
Why everybody is behind Meesha.... Why not Ali Zafar... He had that character and he should face the consequences. She was sexually harassed and now when she speaks about it the whole nation is behind her. This can happened with anyone... May be your mother, sister or daughter.
Zala Jun 29, 2018 12:14pm
Meesha Shafi, a brave woman. Keep fighting. Be strong. Justice will prevail.