Meesha Shafi And Eight Others Booked For Defaming Ali Zafar
Ali Zafar Finally Gets On The Offensive
Ali Zafar has had a see-saw of a year. The singer, after being left out of the Pakistan Super League theme song, came up with a song of his own that went on to become even more viral than the official song. Then, Ali Zafar was named in the list of people who are to be conferred with the Pride of Performance by the President of Pakistan, Dr. Arif Alvi, on 23rd March 2021.
However, while many people paid tribute to the actor-singer over a remarkable achievement, there were strong voices from various corners of the country who spoke up against Ali Zafar and demanded that the Government take back its decision to award him with the Pride of Performance, amid sexual harassment cases leveled against him. Ali's counsel countered by telling everyone that are no active cases against him anymore.
Social media doesn't listen though, does it? It has a court of public opinion of its own and some people continued to vilify and defame Ali Zafar on Twitter and other platforms. It seems Ali Zafar has finally had enough of it and has gone on the offensive against such trolls.
You come at the King, you best not miss! This message will ring loud and clear for some people now. The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) cybercrime wing on Monday booked singer Meesha Shafi and eight others for their alleged involvement in a smear campaign against Ali Zafar.
The FIR against the suspects was filed for a non-cognizable offense on the order of the FIA special court.
Meesha Shafi, actor-host Iffat Omar, Leena Ghani, Fariha Ayub, Maham Javaid, Ali Gul, Haseemuz Zaman Khan, Humna Raza, and Syed Faizan Raza have been booked under section 20 (1) of the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act 2016 and R/W 109-PPC.
An FIA official said:
"Prior permission from the special court is required by the investigation officer to arrest the suspects as it is a non-cognizable offense. Some persons are using Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram account uploading defamatory posts and doing his [Zafar’s] character assassination on social media to damage his reput in society."
FIA cyber crime wing registered an FIR under PECA against Meesha Shafi, Iffat Omar, Leena Ghani, Fariha Ayub, Maham Javaid, Ali Gul, Haseemuz Zaman Khan, Humna Raza and Syed Faizan Raza for alleged involvement in smear campaign against Ali Zafar— omar r quraishi (@omar_quraishi) September 29, 2020
According to the FIR, the suspects were summoned multiple times by the FIA cybercrime wing to present their defense, failing which granted a cause of criminal proceedings against them.
This is why I think @AliZafarsays has been targeted maliciously, criminally and in a disgusting, defamatory way.— Mahwash Ajaz ???????? (@mahwashajaz_) July 23, 2020
(Information that I'm sharing here is on the public record and public documents.)#AliZafar #MeToo #FalseAllegations
Just got this video narrating that an FIR has been registered in Pakistan’s most famous #Metoo case... it took almost two and half years to get an FIR registered, think how long would it take to get justice...— Iqrar ul Hassan Syed (@iqrarulhassan) September 29, 2020
prayers for justice @AliZafarsays ???? pic.twitter.com/9oqM2UdsNs
In November 2018, Ali Zafar had filed a complaint with the FIA cybercrime wing, alleging that many social media accounts were posting “threats and defamatory material” against him. He provided details of some Twitter and Facebook accounts to support his claim.
It looks like Ali Zafar may just have the last laugh in this never-ending case.