The Lahore supreme court (LHC) on Tues put aside associate degree earlier directive from a Lahore district court that had mandated a conclusion to the Ali Zafar-Meesha Shafi defamation case on Gregorian calendar month fifteen, instead giving the petitioners and respondents another 3 months to argue their individual cases.
According to the counsel for Meesha, the court conjointly declared that Meesha’s legal team cam look for an extra extension if would like be. “Our stance — i.e. problem concerned in final the trial, involving examination of over forty witnesses until fifteen.04.2019 — stands guiltless these days,” he aforementioned in an exceedingly statement.
Meanwhile, Ali Zafar’s professional, Ambreen Qureshi, delineated it as “a nice day for US […] as currently the honourable supreme court has given orders to determine the case in ninety days that Meesha and her team are making an attempt to delay since last one year by seeking adjournment once adjournment and filing numerous applications.”
The LHC’s Justice Masood Jahangir, taking on a petition filed by singer, model and player Meesha Shafi, had reviewed a lower court’s earlier order to determine the case by Gregorian calendar month fifteen.
Shafi in her petition had argued that the order to determine the case in time period was in contradiction with ground realities and wanted longer to supply witnesses in her favour within the case against Zafar, UN agency she alleges sexually annoyed her et al. on multiple occasions.
Following the allegations last year, Zafar had filed a Rs1 billion defamation suit against Shafi.
Sexual harassment allegations
In April, last year, Shafi on Twitter alleged that fellow musician and actor Zafar had sexually annoyed her on multiple occasions.
“I are subjected, on over one occasion, to harassment of a physical nature at the hands of a colleague from my industry: Ali Zafar. These incidences didn’t happen once I was young, or simply coming into the trade.
“This happened to Pine Tree State despite the very fact that i’m associate degree sceptered, accomplished girl UN agency is thought for speaking her mind! This happened to Pine Tree State as a mother of 2 kids,” she had claimed.
Hours once Shafi’s tweets, Zafar free an announcement flatly denying “any and every one claims of harassment lodged against Pine Tree State by Shafi”.
He then filed a defamation case against Shafi for damages value Rs1 billion in June 2018.
Shafi in an exceedingly response to the petition in Gregorian calendar month 2018 declared that Zafar had annoyed her on over double. “Ali Zafar annoyed [me] at a personal studio and family functions,” she said.
She declared that she had been “compelled” to require action against Zafar as a result of the harassment incidents, adding that Zafar had annoyed many feminine artists aside from herself.
“I will offer proof [of the allegations] once the court asks for it,” Shafi had aforementioned.