Meesha Shafi had alleged sexual harassment last year against singer-actor Ali Zafar. Meesha had taken to Twitter to issue a statement saying that she had been harassed by Ali Zafar and was speaking up because she wanted to break "this culture of silence". She said in her letter on Twitter that she hoped she was "setting an example for young women" in the country to do the same.
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
Ali Zafar had filed a 100 crore defamation suit to Meesha Shafi. Ali demanded that Meesha issue an apology and delete the tweet in which she alleged he harassed her. According to a report in ARY News, District and Sessions Judge Muhammad Khalid Nawaz had "reserved the verdict on an application filed by Shafi seeking the transfer of the suit to another court expressing lack of confidence over Additional and Sessions Judge Shakeel Ahmed who had heard the case until recently".
The report further added that Meesha Shafi alleged the "judge seized with the hearing of the defamation suit is biased against her, adding he assisted witnesses in recording their testimonies and expressed annoyance over his counsel without any plausible reason". Judge Ahmed who had been hearing Meesha and Ali's case for the past six months.
Meesha recently appeared in Shahzeb Khanzada's show and Ali Zafar appeared in Mubasher Lucman's show - both of them had given their side of the story to the public. The controversy was further flagged when Lux Style Awards nominated Ali Zafar as the Best Actor and Meesha Shafi in the Best Song category. Model Eman Suleman withdrew from the nomination following which makeup artists Fatima Nasir, Saima Bargfrede and clothing brand Generation also asked for their names to be removed. Just recently Meesha Shafi's brother, Faris Shafi, also requested that his nomination was also taken down from Lux Style Awards.
Requesting that the following track, which has been nominated for ‘best song’ at the @LuxStyleAwards be removed from the list of nominees. @talalqureshi and I are neither attending, nor endorsing the awards. Thank you and good night https://t.co/tdxZS90ioN— Faris Shafi (@officialfaris) May 7, 2019