The cyber-crime wing of FIA (Federal Investigation Agency), booked singer Meesha Shafi and eight other people on Monday, for their involvement in an alleged smear campaign against the singer and actor, Ali Zafar. An FIR was registered against suspects over a non-cognisable offence, ordered by the FIA special court.
The list of eight people, besides Meesha Shafi, includes host Iffat Omer, Ali Gul, Leena Ghani, Fariha Ayub, Humna Raza, Syed Faizan Raza, Haseemuz Zaman Khan and Maham Javaid; they have been booked under section 20 (1) of Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act 2016 and R/W 109-PPC.
As Dawn news reports, according to an official:
Prior permission from the special court is required by the investigation officer to arrest the suspects as it is a non-cognisable offence.
As reports reveal, the suspects were summoned by the FIA cyber crime wing many times in order to defend themselves, but they failed to appear- this granted a cause of criminal proceedings to be charged against them.
Defamation Suit Hearing
Ali Zafar filed a complained against the social media accounts that were posting “defamatory material” against the actor, in 2018. The complaint was made to the FIA cyber crime wing, where Ali provided a few Twitter and Facebook account details as proof to support his claim.
He alleged them to be involved in a deliberately orchestrated smear campaign against him. He also claimed how a number of fake accounts were created just to implement the smear campaign and defame him. He specified one particular twitter account by the name of @nehasaigol1 that posted 3000 defematory tweets against the actor in one year; Ali claims this account was created only 50 days before Meesha’s allegations of sexual harassment against Ali Zafar, back in April 2018.
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,” Ali Zafar told FIA with ‘evidence’.
Twitteratis, specially males, have been posting in favour of Ali Zafar and calling the Metoo movement bogus and fake: #Metoo has been trending on #1 since the news broke out.
Here is what the anti-feminist males had to say on Twitter:
Meesha Shafi booked for false #MeToo accusation against Ali Zafar along with Iffat Omar, Humna Raza, Ali Gul and 5 others
Bus ase he FIA kaam kerti rahe.
80% feminist khud he gayab ho jaige.#MeToo pic.twitter.com/rdc61ShOMj
— A R S A L A N (@Heyits_Latt) September 29, 2020
Pakistani singer/actress Meesha Shafi has been booked by FIA along with eight others for being involved in a smear campaign against singer/actor Ali Zafar.
— Umar 🇵🇰 (@TheUmarHussain) September 29, 2020
Meesha Shafi and her fake #MeToo campaign against Ali Zafar got exposed by FIA.🙌🏻Blaming men blindly has been used by many women blatantly as a tool of extortion and torture. This vilification of men of false accusations has destroyed many lives.#AliZafar pic.twitter.com/mLBIrSt1L0
— Marwah. 🇵🇰 (@Marwayyy_y) September 29, 2020
— AHMED KHAN (@MEDXY_80) September 29, 2020
The biggest case of #MeToo falls flat on its face!
— Adeel Raja (@adeelraja) September 29, 2020
— Laibah (@Layeeeebah) September 29, 2020
— Iqbal Khan (@AZ_AA_Fan) September 29, 2020
There was some shade thrown on Iffat Omer as well
— AHMED KHAN (@MEDXY_80) September 29, 2020
The singer Meesha Shafi appeared before the FIA in December 2019, with her lawyers. However, according to the FIR, Ms Shafi was unable to produce enough witnesses and proof in favour of her sexual harassment allegation against Ali Zafar.
Leena Ghani was also summoned but failed to not turn up and sent her written statement which was found unsatisfactory.
She [Ms Ghani] was found involved in publicly posting defamatory content against the complainant on Twitter on April 19, 2018. Fariha Ayub and Maham Javaid were also summoned four times but they did not turn up to join the inquiry. Iffat Omar appeared but did not record her statement with the request to give her time, but despite repeated requests failed to record her statement, the FIR said.
Similarly, as the FIR reports, Ali Gul Pir, using his Twitter ID @Aligulpir, also posted derogatory remarks against Ali Zafar.
He was summoned thrice, but he deliberately did not turn up and submitted his statement to the FIA Karachi. His statement was found unsatisfactory and failed to fulfill the inquiry merit.
Ali Zafar’s defamation suit against Meesha Shafi is also been pending with a session’s court. The hearing of a defamation suit filed by Zafar against Meesha was adjourned on Monday due to unavailability of the presiding judge of a sessions court.
On April 19th 2018, Meesha tweeted blaming Ali Zafar for sexually harassing her- according to Ali these accusations were baseless and unfounded. Ali revealed earlier in an interview, how one tweet by Meesha has completely changed his life while his family had been facing pain and agony.
Ali wanted her to delete the tweet and issue an apology, Meesha failed to do so within 14 days of a legal notice served on her. He asked the court for Ms Shafi to pay Rs1 billion in damages to him.
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