A Pakistani regulation enforcement company has booked singer Meesha Shafi and eight others for allegedly staging a smear marketing campaign against fellow singer-actor Ali Zafar, who has labored in Indian movies, with a sexual harassment grievance.
The Federal Investigation Agency’s (FIA), cyber-crime division, Lahore on Monday registered an FIR against Shafi, actor-host Iffat Omar, make-up artist Leena Ghani, Fariha Ayub, Maham Javaid, Ali Gul, Haseemuz Zaman Khan, bloggers Humna Raza and Syed Faizan Raza below part 20 (1) of Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act 2016 and R/W 109-PPC.
Under these sections, intentional and public transmission of false data to hurt the status or privateness of a pure individual attracts jail time period of three years.
In April 2018, Shafi accused Zafar of sexual harassment. Subsequently, each events issued authorized notices to one another. Zafar had additionally filed a defamation case, which is pending in court docket.
In November 2018, Zafar had filed a grievance with FIA cyber-crime wing, alleging many social media accounts had been posting threats and defamatory materials against him. He supplied particulars of some Twitter and Facebook accounts to assist his declare.
Zafar had alleged that many faux accounts had been created to launch a smear marketing campaign against him weeks earlier than Shafi’s allegation of sexual harassment. He said that the majority of those faux accounts had been allegedly related to Shafi. “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-turned-actor informed the FIA.
In his testimony, expertise supervisor Rizwan Raees, who had been each Zafar and Meesha’s supervisor prior to now, testified that Shafi had extorted cash from beverage firm Pepsi. He testified that Zafar was changing singer Atif Aslam and Shafi had threatened Zafar to remain out of the Pepsi contract or she may have him ousted by posting an allegation of sexual harassment on social media below the internationally recognised #metoo marketing campaign.
Raees additional mentioned: “The defendant (Meesha Shafi) then said to convey a message to the plaintiff (Ali Zafar) to step away from Pepsi contracts. Meesha Shafi also mentioned that there were other people ready to come forward, if Ali Zafar were to not let go of the Pepsi contract.” Zafar had refused to just accept the specter of the defendant, in accordance with the FIR.
Shafi had appeared earlier than the FIA together with her group of legal professionals however failed to provide any witness in favour of her allegation of sexual harassment.
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