Pakistani vocalist Ali Zafar on Wednesday while addressing the media outside court said, he supported the #MeToo movement but unfortunately it was being abused against him, according to a foreign media outlet. Zafar showed up for the rest of the hearing pertaining to a Rs1-billion defamation case he had filed against Meesha Shafi a year ago. In the notice, he had said the model-artist harmed his reputation through false allegations. He recorded his statement during a five-hour long court session headed by Additional Session Judge Amjad Ali Shah.
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Zafar termed the case as, "further evidence of a criminal conspiracy against him for a common agenda".
The vocalist requested the court to summon Shafi and the four other friends who leveled allegations of sexual harassment against him.
So this game is called ‘spot the socialite’— MEESHA SHAFI (@itsmeeshashafi) April 30, 2019
Anyone who can correctly guess who this is, wins!
Pssst... I know already pic.twitter.com/3079rO9x1j
He and his legal team submitted different reports pertaining to the case.
Allah tera shukr. Precedent upon precedent being set. Are you all absorbing this! We will and ARE paving the way! https://t.co/H7SfNkVvIz— MEESHA SHAFI (@itsmeeshashafi) May 24, 2019
In his testimony, the singer mentioned that he always met Shafi with family. "This movement is a well-respected movement at the international level. However, if they use a pure cause for their personal gain, then this battle is not just mine … this battle is not just men's … but it's more of a women's battle", he added.
The vocalist in a carefree state of mind at that point broke into a tune outside the court, murmuring verses from his melody "Chal Dil Mere": "Chal dil minor, chor ye phere, Ye duniya jhooti, log lutere… "
Zafar informed that court that, “Meesha Shafi’s claim in her court testimony that the other women who came forward are unrelated is a complete lie. Our findings exposed that they were deeply interlinked much before the allegations. The common link seems to be Nighat Dad. They were all either working with or for her.” The next hearing in the singer's defamation case against Shafi is set to be held on July 15.