Pakistani singer Meesha Shafi made headlines for accusing actor-singer Ali Zafar of sexual harassment. Her accusations were met with a divide, some supporting Shafi, and some Zafar. Zafar’s band-mate Aqsa Ali refutes Shafi’s claims, calling them baseless and saying she was also present at the said jam session where Shafi accuses Zafar of harassing her.
Ali told IANS, “I don’t think there’s any basis to these allegations, they are pretty empty and meaningless for me. It took me by surprise, because apparently both of them are friends and they know each other from their university days. I myself am from the fashion industry and I have been working as a model. Now I am following my passion to be a singer as well. I don’t think these allegations make any sense, there are so many loopholes in them. I am all in for women empowerment but at least things should make some sense.When I read about Meesha telling the world that Ali harassed her at a jam session, I did not want to stay quiet as I was there as well with everyone else in the band. Her manager and the event manager were there as well. I was astonished, as nothing happened at all! We all have pictures, and we all were sitting together. It was a great jam session, everything was great – we also performed in Islamabad after the jam and all went really well.”
Zafar has also denied Shafi’s allegations.
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