A sessions court in Lahore has given musician and actor Meesha Shafi until August 13 to submit her reply in the defamation case filed against her by fellow artist Ali Zafar.
Additional Sessions Judge Shehzad Ahmed on Thursday ordered that the notice should be posted outside Shafi’s residence as she had not submitted her reply despite being told to do so in the last hearing
Zafar filed a defamation case against Shafi for damages worth Rs1 billion after the latter accused the former of harassing her “on more than one occasion”.
In a statement on Twitter on April 19, Shafi wrote: “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 […] It has been an extremely traumatic experience for me and my family […] I feel betrayed by his behaviour and attitude and I know that I’m not alone.”
Shortly after, Zafar had denied the allegations in a statement and sent a legal notice to Shafi, demanding that Shafi delete the tweet accusing him of harassment and issue an apology on Twitter.