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Ali Zafar demands an apology, rupees 100 million from Meesha Shafi

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Pop icon Ali Zafar has sent a defamation notice to Meesha Shafi after she hurled accusations at him for sexually harassing her on more than one occasion. Ali Zafar in his legal notice has called Meesha Shafi’s claim as a ‘reckless allegation’ and has demanded an apology along with fine of Rs.100 million.

A defamation suit will be fined against Meesha Shafi if she fails to apologize and delete the tweet dated 19th April 2018, within two weeks of the notice being served.Singer-cum-actor Meesha Shafi has appointed Muhammad Ahmad Pansota and Nighat Dad as legal counsels to oversee issues pertaining to her sexual harassment claim against Ali Zafar.

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“I have appointed Barrister @pansota1 and @nighatdad as my legal counsels to look after all issues pertaining to my sexual harassment claim against Ali Zafar. Media is requested to contact them to get an update on the ongoing issue,” she tweeted on Tuesday.

Nighat Dad is a lawyer and a women’s rights activist. She is a renowned activist and has received several international accolades while Barrister Pansota is a Lahore-based lawyer.Last week, Meesha Shafi in her Twitter post made a startling confession that Ali Zafar has subjected her to sexual harassment of physical nature several times.

Meesha Shafi said, “I have been subjected, on more than one occasion, to sexual harassment of a physical nature at the hands of a colleague from my industry: Ali Zafar.”

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“These incidences did not happen when I was young, or just entering the industry. This happened to me despite the fact that I am an empowered, accomplished woman who is known for speaking her mind! This happened to me as a mother of two children.”

“It has been an extremely traumatic experience for me and my family. Ali is someone I have known for many years and someone who I have shared the stage with. I feel betrayed by his behavior and his attitude and I know that I am not alone.”Ali Zafar categorically denied all the allegations and announced to respond the allegations with a legal notice.