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Seeking Apology For Defamation, Ali Zafar Slaps Meesha Shafi With Pak Rs 100 Million Legal Notice

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| April 24 , 2018 , 12:50 IST

Pakistani singer Ali Zafar recently landed in trouble when actress-singer Meesha Shafi accused him of sexual harassment, followed by multiple other women on social media. His fellow musician had described her experience with Zafar as "extremely traumatic".

Following her allegation, Zafar had "categorically" denied all claims of sexual exploitation and mentioned about dealing with the matter at hand "professionally". True to his words, Zafar has taken the case to court and sent a Rs 100 million legal notice to Meesha.

Maintaining that the allegations levelled by Shafi are false, Zafar has sent the notice seeking an apology from the 36-year-old accuser, failing which will result in "damages to the tune of at least Rs100 million" under Defamation Ordinance, Geo News reported.

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Media reports suggest that a defamation suit will be filed against Shafi if she failed to issue an apology to Zafar on electronic media and "delete the tweet dated 19.04.2018" within two weeks of the notice being served. The legal notice has been drafted to be served to Meesha soon.

Meanwhile, Ali Zafar's female band members Aqsa Ali and Kanza Munir have come forward to defend the vocalist from Meesha's accusation stating that they were present in the particular "Jam" session during which Meesha has claimed to be harassed by the actor.

Calling the statement given by Meesha Shafi "odd", Ali Zafar's occasional collaborator Kanza Munir wrote, "The whole house band and another fellow female vocalist were present and whatever interaction took place between the two was in front of at least 10 other people."

 

I have been working with Ali Zafar on and off since the past 3 years or so and up until now I’ve been quietly observing the current situation because I am no judge of personal character be it Meesha Shafi or Ali Zafar. However, I stand witness to this particular ‘Jam’ late last year that Meesha mentions in her interview with The News. The whole house band along with myself and another fellow female vocalist were present during this session and whatever interaction took place between the two was in front of at least 10 other people. All I can say is that this particular statement that she makes here is rather odd. I have toured with the Ali Zafar band a lot of times and all my trips have been really pleasant and professional and we’ve spent hours jamming together. It would be great if this important movement isn’t taken for granted or misused for personal reasons stealing limelight from real causes. Rest, time will tell!!

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She added, "I have toured with the Ali Zafar band a lot of times and all my trips have been really pleasant and professional and we’ve spent hours jamming together." Aqsa Ali, who is a part of Ali's concert crew and have witnessed his "gentlemanly" response to women throwing themselves at him also came to his defence.

She wrote, "I was at this jam session because I sing in Ali’s band and so was her manager and our entire band. I am astonished that she would take a lie to this level which so many of us can prove wrong. We all have pictures, we were there and event manager was there and it was a great jam session."

 

So as the stories taking turn every minute regard Ali Zafar, MeeshaShafi movement, I think as a musician and a woman I should talk about this issue as I was SHOCKED ???? right now with this article of Meesha. She said that her conscious doesn’t allow her to say quiet so mine also doesn’t allow me. As I am the part of concert crew, I travel intl and locally with Ali Zafar, and I have seen girls throwing themselves at him and his gentlemanly response to that which is so rare of any rockstar.  balkay we all travel like friends and we work in a very comfy environment. Today finally Meesha tells us what she says  happened to her that Ali harassed her at a jam or did something wrong to her and I cannot stay quiet. I was at this jam session becoz I sing in Ali’s band and so was her manager and our entire band. I am astonished that she would take a lie to this level which so many of us can prove wrong. We all have pictures, we were there and event manager was there and it was a gr8 jam session. I am a woman and I would never allow wrong to any woman. But come on , it's a serious matter and we should be really clear on everything rather then putting accusations on people and then saying sorry you cannot question any woman it’s wrong. Ali is a genuine person, who treats people around him nicely and has always been a support system for everyone;  Accusing some1 is easy but living with the guilt is difficult. As a woman I felt sad with her rude behaviour towards everyone including the band but more I feel bad that she’s causing disrespect to this Intl movement of women and all of us female musicians and hard working women.

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Earlier in an interview, Meesha has claimed, "I was jamming with my band and the organisers insisted that he was trying to get in touch. It started turning into a thing, and I was being seen as difficult or a diva, I got such feelers. I was avoiding him. I was asked to jam, figure out songs, scale and it happened while we were jamming."

Ali is yet to issue any statement in relation to the other allegations of inappropriate behaviour, vulgar comments and sexual acts but various other artists have come in support of the vocalist Ali Zafar who has starred in Bollywood films such as Kill Dil, Mere Brother Ki Dulhan and Dear Zindagi.