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LAHORE: The Ali Zafar-Meesha Shafi controversy is just escalating and creating waves time and time again. The latest is that Ali has filed a case against Meesha under the Defamation Ordinance 2002 in Lahore court through his counsel, Rana Intizar. There is a demand of 1 billion Rs in the appeal and an apology from Meesha on the same forum where she she posted “false allegations” regarding Ali.
The notice broke down why such a huge amount should be submitted.
“That the tweet dated 19.04.2018 and the Instep Article dated 21.04.2018 are false, slanderous, and defamatory statements, stand published and originate from the defendant, therefore, have caused tremendous injury to the Plaintiff’s reputation, good will, livelihood; being attempts to tarnish the good image of the plaintiff.
Sharing this because I believe that by speaking out about my own experience of sexual harassment, I will break the culture of silence that permeates through our society. It is not easy to speak out.. but it is harder to stay silent. My conscience will not allow it anymore #MeToo pic.twitter.com/iwex7e1NLZ
— MEESHA SHAFI (@itsmeeshashafi) April 19, 2018
As 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.
The defendant has associated herself with the global #MeToo movement, with one of the launchers of the #MeToo movement ‘Rose McGowan’ labeling the defendant as ‘a heroine for our time’. Be that as it may, that due to the defamatory campaign being spearheaded by the defendant, the plaintiff besides special damages in case of defamation further suffered the following damages:
Mental torture 2 crores
Loss of contacts 8 crores
Loss of reputation/ goodwill 50 crores
Loss of business opportunities 40 crores”
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.
Ali’s counsel told the additional sessions judge, “Meesha did not apologize 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 took to Twitter to publicly accuse Ali Zafar of physically harassing her on “more than one occasion”.
“This happened to me despite the fact I am an empowered, accomplished woman who is known for speaking her mind!” her statement had read.
Ali, on the other hand, 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.