Court to decide defamation suit against Meesha Shafi by April 15


A district and sessions court on Friday issued orders to decide defamation suit filed by Ali Zafar against Meesha Shafi by April 15, 2019.

Last year, Singer-turned-actor Ali Zafar had filed a defamation suit against pop star Meesha Shafi who had publicly accused him of sexual harassment.

Zafar had filed a plea last week through his counsel before an additional district and sessions court, seeking disposal of his defamation suit against Shafi in one month.

The suit, claiming damages of Rs1 billion, was filed under the Defamation Ordinance 2002. In the notice, the singer claimed Shafi damaged his reputation through false allegations of sexual harassment.

In his plea for early disposal of the case, Zafar pleaded that Shafi and her lawyers should not be granted any more adjournments which waste the court’s precious time. He further requested the court to decide the case within the next 30 days as it had already been almost a year since the inception of the case.

In April 2018, Meesha Shafi had taken to Twitter to publicly accuse Zafar of physically harassing her on “more than one occasion”. She tweeted, “This happened to me despite the fact I am an empowered, accomplished woman who is known for speaking her mind!”

On the other hand, the Teefa In Trouble star had “categorically” denied the allegations and threatened to take legal action against the actress. “I intend to take this through the courts of law, and to address this professionally and seriously rather than to lodge any accusations here,” the singer had said on Twitter.