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Ali Zafar slaps defamation case on Meesha Shafi over sexual harassment accusations  

08:18 AM May 29, 2019 | Free Press Journal Correspondant

Popular Pakistani singer and musician Ali Zafar has filed a defamation suit against fellow singer Meesha Shafi, who had accused him of sexual harassment. Ali, who has worked in well-known films such as Tere Bin Laden, Mere Brother Ki Dulhan to name a few, has vehemently denied the allegation, after Shafi alleged that Zafar had subjected her to sexual harassment on more than one occasion.

The claim triggered a massive outrage on social media, was dubbed as “Pakistan’s #MeToo moment” by some users. Zafar filed the defamation suit through his counsel Rana Intizar, demanding Rs 1 billion in damages from Shafi. Intizar contended before the court that Shafi has damaged the reputation of his client with “baseless allegations”.

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Zafar had previously sent a legal notice to Meesha stating that her tweets, dated April 19, 2018, are “false, slanderous, and defamatory” and “caused tremendous injury to the plaintiff’s reputation, goodwill, and livelihood”.

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Since the “defamatory statements are patently false, it can only be concluded that this malicious campaign has been launched against the plaintiff as part of a motivated conspiracy to tarnish the plaintiff’s good image through making false accusations”, Intizar said, reports Gulf Times.

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