Singer Meesha Shafi had accused fellow musician Ali Zafar of sexual harassment two months ago on the social media platform Twitter, which Zafar denied. He did mention that he would take this accusation to court, and has filed a Rs 1 billion defamation suit against Shafi under the ‘Defamation Ordinance 2002’.
As reported by Mirror, some statements of Zafar’s suit read “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. 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. 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 Rs 2 crore, Loss of contacts Rs 8 crore, Loss of reputation/goodwill Rs 50 crore, Loss of business opportunities Rs 40 crore.”
Shafi had been given a notice by Zafar’s legal team to delete her tweet and apologize, and if not done, he would be suing her for Rs. 1 billion for defamation.