London – In what was Pakistan’s first #MeToo moment, singer and actress Meesha Shafi accused rock star Ali Zafar of sexual harassment. She fought ARY’s UK broadcaster for years, and now, Meesha has won the first portion of her defamation case.
During the 42-year-old’s trial, a British high court found that New Vision TV had broadcast defamatory content.
In its decision, the court noted that a private broadcaster had repeatedly made defamatory remarks about Ms. Shafi and portrayed her as someone who disobeys court-mandated legal requirements.
According to the statement, Meesha Shafi’s reputation among right-thinking individuals is generally diminished by such remarks. Given the claimant’s prominence and her vocal support for women’s rights, the statement was deemed to have a “seriously adverse impact on the way the claimant is treated, satisfying the seriousness threshold,
The court allowed UK NVTV until January 26, 2024, to present its defence.
ARY UK reported in a 2020 broadcast that Meesha Shafi arrived in Pakistan and left after doing some recording. She blatantly disregarded the court’s orders.
The entire situation stems from a sexual harassment lawsuit that singer Ali Zafar filed in the Lahore High Court; however, the claims were rejected on procedural grounds.