Prominent Pakistani actress-model-singer Meesha Shafi famously known for her singing opposite Arif Lohar for 'Alif Allah' in Coke Studio has accused fellow Pakistani artiste Ali Zafar of sexual harassment. Meesha stated in a note that she tweeted on Thursday;
Sharing this because I believe that by speaking out about my own experience of sexual harassment, I will break the culture of silence that permeates through our society. It is not easy to speak out.. but it is harder to stay silent. My conscience will not allow it anymore #MeToohttps://twitter.com/itsmeeshashafi/status/986918710991519744 In the long note Meesha stated;
I have been subjected to sexual harassment of a physical nature at the hands of a colleague from my industry: Ali Zafar. These incidences did not happen when I was young or just entering the industry. This happened to me despite the fact that I am an empowered, accomplished woman who is known for speaking her mind! This happened to me as a mother of two children.She also wrote that she chose to share about the incident because
I believe that by speaking out about my own experience of sexual harassment, I will break the culture of silence that permeates through our society. It is not easy to speak out but it is harder to stay silent. My conscience will not allow it anymore #MeToo.She added in the wake of sexual harassment incidents happening across the globe. On the other end, Zafar, who has worked in several Bollywood films, took to Twitter and said he will take this matter through the courts of law and he would not like to "contest vendetta on social media". Ali further took it with his part of the story through a short note in which he quoted;
I am deeply aware in support of the #MeToo movement and what it stands for. I am the father of the young girl and a young boy and a son of a mother. I am a man that has stood up for myself, my family, my colleagues, and friends countless times in the face of slander, defamation and general unkindness. I will do the same today. I have nothing to hide. Silence is absolutely not an option. I categorically deny all and any claims of harassment lodged against me by Ms Shafi. I intend to take this through the courts of law and to address this professionally and seriously rather than to lodge any allegations here, contesting personal vendettas on social media and in turn disrespecting the movement, my family, the industry and my fans.https://twitter.com/AliZafarsays/status/986969628869046272?tfw_site=ANI&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.aninews.in%2Fnews%2Fentertainment%2Fbollywood%2Fpak-actor-ali-zafar-rebuffs-sexual-harassment-allegations201804192159090005%2F Reportedly, it is for the first time a Pakistani celebrity has leveled allegations of sexual harassment against a colleague and it has come amid ongoing 'Me Too' hashtag movement.