LAHORE: Singer Meesha Shafi, who has accused actor-cum-singer Ali Zafar of causing her sexual harassment more than once, said on Tuesday that she did not see but felt the incident of harassment allegedly occurred in the “jamming room.”
During the second day of her cross-examination in a defamation suit by Zafar, she explained the incident of groping, responding to the plaintiff’s counsel’s query, saying there were quite a few people who might be somewhere between 10-15 at its fullest.
Asked if there was an eyewitness to the incident, Shafi said, “Yes, even I’m not an eyewitness to this incident. I felt it, I did not see it.”
About her message in a Whatsapp group wherein, she said “had a great time jamming”, she said her message was a courtesy as a matter of habit.
“I did not confront the plaintiff. These touches were fleeting and discrete as harassment often is,” she responded to a query whether she objected to Zafar when he made her feel ‘uncomfortable’.
Shafi said since she had a previous experience of harassment at the hands of the plaintiff so giving him the benefit of doubt became harder. She admitted to having met Zafar in Canada in August 2016. One of the incidents alleged by Shafi occurred somewhere in March 2016 on the birthday party of Zafar’s wife.
However, she said it was difficult to confirm that the occasion was a birthday party as she did not remember any cake cutting ceremony or gift. She also admitted to having legal advice before publishing her tweets on April 19, 2018.
Shafi also denied having blackmailed her former manager Fahad Rehman. She said her team recovered money of Dubai tour tickets from Rehman. “Expecting to hand over my payment to me is not blackmailing,” she added.
Additional District and Sessions Judge Khan Mahmood adjourned further cross-examination of Shafi till Jan 8. Zafar’s wife Ayesha Fazli also witnessed the cross-examination of Shafi.
Published in Dawn, January 5th, 2022