Pakistani Singer-Actor Ali Zafar Files Rs 1 Billion Defamation Suit Against Meesha Shafi

| June 24 , 2018 , 13:26 IST

Ali Zafar, a popular Pakistani singer and actor has filed a defamation suit against fellow singer-actor Meesha Shafi on Saturday who had accused him of sexual harassment. The suit claims damages of Rs 1 billion. Zafar had announced his intentions of filing a defamation suit against Shafi if she did not publically apologise over her allegations against him. 

The lawsuit was filed under the Defamation Ordinance 2002 on Saturday in which Zafar has said that Shafi had caused "tremendous injury" to his "reputation, goodwill, livelihood" through "false, slanderous and defamatory" allegations, reported Geo News.

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In the breakdown of the Rs 1 billion damages, the notice read: "Be that as it may, that due to the defamatory campaign being spearheaded by the defendant, the plaintiff besides special damages in case of defamation further suffered the following damages: Mental torture Rs 2 crore, Loss of contacts Rs 8 crore, Loss of reputation/goodwill Rs 50 crore, Loss of business opportunities Rs 40 crore."

Shafi received a legal notice sent by Ali Zafar's counsel earlier which asked her to issue an apology on Twitter over the sexual harassment allegations she made against him and triggered a firestorm on the social media, failing which he would file a Rs. 1 billion defamation case against her.

In April Meehsa Shafi took to Twitter and publically accused Zafar for physically harassing her on more than one occasion. She shared a long note with a caption,  “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”