Now Reading: FIA Declares Meesha Shafi Guilty of Defamation Against Ali Zafar
In the latest development in the Ali Zafar – Meesha Shafi controversy, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has declared singer Meesha Shafi and eight others “guilty” of running a defamation campaign on social media against massively popular singer-actor Ali Zafar and has asked the trial court to start its proceedings against them. This is due to the fact that no solid evidence for the sexual harassment allegations has been provided by Meesha and co.
Earlier on Tuesday, the FIA’s cybercrime Lahore wing had submitted an interim challan before the court of a special judge central in the FIR registered on the complaint, as filed by Ali Zafar. The interim challan went on to name Meesha Shafi’s accomplices and why they were found guilty. This challan of FIA’s read,
“During the course of investigation so far Meera Shafi alias Meesha Shafi, Iffat Omar, Maham Javaid, Leena Ghani, Haseemus Zaman, Fariha Ayub, Syed Faizan Raza, Humna Raza and Ali Gul Pir have been found guilty in this case as per available oral and documentary evidences. However, the complainant recorded his statement in favour of Hamna Raza to the extent of accepting her apology, thus she is not required in the investigation furthermore.”
The FIA said that an FIR was registered on the court’s order in September last against them under section 20 (1) of Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act 2016 and R/W 109-PPC as a result of Meesha Shafi posting defamatory and false allegations of sexual harassment against Ali Zafar in April 19, 2018 but failing to produce any witnesses before it in favor of her allegations.
Similarly, all the other suspects had also failed to provide evidence in favor of the direct allegations posted by them on social media, proving them guilty as well. Then in November 2018, Ali Zafar had filed a complaint with the FIA cyber-crime wing, alleging that many, many social media accounts were posting “threats and defamatory material” against him. To support his claim, he then provided details of some Twitter and Facebook accounts.
Ali Zafar had also attached various pictures in his complaint that Meesha Shafi had uploaded on her social media accounts but had ‘discretely deleted’ just before making the allegations. He had also submitted a ‘threat message’ to the FIA which was sent to his manager on Instagram in Feb 2018 by the involved parties.
“A twitter account @nehasaigol1, which posted 3,000 defamatory tweets against me and my family only in one year, [was] created 50 days before Meesha’s allegations of sexual harassment,” the singer-actor told the FIA with all his documentary ‘evidence’. Even as of right now, Zafar’s defamation suit against Shafi is pending in a sessions’ court.
Contrary to the approach by Ali Zafar of providing documentary evidence, the FIA said Meesha Shafi had appeared before the FIA cyber-crime wing with her team of lawyers in December 2019, but not only did she failed to produce any witness in favor of her allegations (of sexual harassment) against Ali Zafar, she also failed to attend several hearings.
Keeping all this in mind, its no surprise that Meesha’s allegations were declared fake and she was declared guilty of vilification.