In regard to the Rs1 billion defamation suit, singer Meesha Shafi has now requested a stay order, but defendant Ali Zafar called the move a delaying tactic in his reply to the court.
Shafi had filed for a stay order until such a time where the First Information Report (FIR) registered against her and her companions over alleged cybercrimes had been resolved, but Zafar, in his reply, said there is no reason one case should affect the other’s outcome.
“There is no nexus between the fate of civil and criminal litigation nor would the outcome of one effect result from the other,” Zafar said.
Advocate Omer Tariq Gill pointed out that of the previously filed list for 20 witnesses to be presented in court, four of them were mentioned on the FIR regarding the social media smear campaign. Thus, he requested the application for stay be dismissed as frivolous.
Shafi’s counsel also sought an adjournment for arguments for at least a week, but Zafar’s lawyer requested that the adjournment be shorter.
The court adjourned the hearing till October 17 for arguments on the stay application.