Meesha Shafi ordered to reply to Ali Zafar’s defamation suit by July 5


LAHORE: A sessions court on Monday asked singer-cum-actor Meesha Shafi to reply by July 5 to a Rs1 billion defamation case filed against her by Ali Zafar.

During the hearing, presided over by Additional Sessions Judge Shehzad Ahmed, Ali’s counsel, Rana Intezar Hussain, argued that Meesha “levelled false and baseless allegations of harassment” against his client.

Ali’s counsel told the additional sessions judge, “Meesha did not apologise despite being sent a legal notice.”

Urging the court to direct the singer-cum-actor to pay Rs1 billion in defamation charges, Ali’s counsel said, “She levelled allegations against my client for cheap publicity.”

On Saturday, Ali submitted a defamation suit to a district court against Meesha.

The suit, claiming damages of Rs1 billion, was filed under the Defamation Ordinance 2002.

In April, Meesha Shafi had taken to Twitter to publicly accuse Ali Zafar of physically harassing her on “more than one occasion”.