Muniba Mazari sued by ex-husband for Rs10m

Published: December 6, 2017
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Muniba Mazari. PHOTO: FILE

Muniba Mazari. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: The former spouse of activist and television host Muniba Mazari has sued her for Rs10 million, accusing her of distorting facts of their relationship and injuring his repute.

A local court in Islamabad is set to take up the case on December 7.

Khurram Shahzad, a former air force official and now a commercial pilot, had married Mazari in December 2005. She divorced him in 2015. The couple had met with a car accident near Jacobabad on February 27, 2008, in which Mazari lost both her legs.

Shahzad maintains that he tried to promote Mazari’s paintings in an effort to nurse her back to normalcy. After she started interacting with foreigners in Islamabad’s diplomatic circles, he said, she developed an interest in modelling and singing. However, Shahzad maintained that this was against his family’s values.

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“Similarly, being an esteemed officer of defence forces, the plaintiff could not allow the defendant [Mazari] to continue such practices,” Shahzad maintained in his petition. He added that Mazari left his house of her free will in 2014 and filed for divorce the next year.

Mazari, who is also a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador in Pakistan, gained popularity after regularly appearing on national TV.

Shahzad claims that she distorted the facts of their relationship after their separation and painted him in poor light. He particularly mentioned a TedTalk Mazari gave in 2015 where she said that “Six and a half years back I met a car accident. I was travelling from Quetta to my hometown in Rahim Yar Khan. The ‘driver’ slept and the car fell into a ditch.”

Disputing the account, Shahzad maintained it was she who was sleeping at the time while he was behind the wheel.

In another show, referred to in the petition, Mazari said Shahzad had managed to jump out of the car and save himself.

“The words ‘He managed to jump out and saved himself’ used for the plaintiff are extremely painful and unbearable for the plaintiff and his family,” read the petition.

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“By showing plaintiff very cruel and selfish person, the defendant [Mazari] is seeking attention and sympathy and eventually high rating through national and international media,” he maintained.

Shahzad, who has since remarried and has a three months old child, says her family is also deeply depressed to see this insult.

He has demanded Rs10 million in damages for the mental agony, torture and injury to his repute due to Mazari’s comments on different forums. He has also requested the court to restrain Mazari from defaming him in future as well.

Shahzad has also urged the court to direct the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) to bar Mazari from issuing defamatory remarks against him on television and has also asked for the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority to delete all of Mazari’s ‘defamatory’ and ‘libelous’ remarks against him on the internet.

This is how Mazari reacted on Twitter:

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Reader Comments (18)

  • Citizen26
    Dec 6, 2017 - 12:19AM

    This will be interesting to know that why Shezad sued for Rs 10 million, not anymore or any lessRecommend

  • Citizen26
    Dec 6, 2017 - 12:19AM

    This will be interesting to know that why Shezad sued for Rs 10 million, not anymore or any lessRecommend

  • Raazia
    Dec 6, 2017 - 7:37AM

    If he’s so good at heart, how can money make his hurt go away. Stupid man !Recommend

  • Xsawei
    Dec 6, 2017 - 7:47AM

    …..,the plaintiff could not allow the defendant…..
    This pretty much is all evidence that is needed in this case. Shows the mentality of this guy. Recommend

  • Khalid Javaid
    Dec 6, 2017 - 10:52AM

    Why a sweeping general assumption about men is that they are the culprit all the time? Give us (Men) a fair trial in life, for God’s sake…….. Recommend

  • Zubair
    Dec 6, 2017 - 11:39AM

    @Xsawei:
    Respect the culture of every society and family. Why is it primitive and backward that some cultures prefer their women/men not to enter some professions? in some families professions like acting and modeling is not liked both for men and women…some families are even okay with their kids working in porn films.so let this be dealt by respective families how they want to shape their future. Recommend

  • bhai
    Dec 6, 2017 - 11:51AM

    He has complete right to fight for his case. If he is being ridiculed around the world he has a right to fight in court.Recommend

  • Raghu
    Dec 6, 2017 - 11:55AM

    @Raazia:
    He is good at heart. Agreed. But every person he meets will not be heart at heart towards him and will think that he is a bad man. That is why he wants to clear that image. Recommend

  • Pindi boy
    Dec 6, 2017 - 11:57AM

    People portray, at times, themselves as victims to seek attention. There are other attention seekers and fame hungry people too like Reham Khan. Whatever Muniba Mazari said was her point of view and like most of the people that she has attached all the blame to her ex husband.Things get clarified when both the parties present their argument. According to me, even before this petition by her ex, i found Muniba Mazari’s TedTalk very prejudiced and biased. How can one blame anybody to save himself/herself during an accident. She was trying to say that her ex was very selfish. But a decision that is taken not based on thinking but our reflex actions cannot decided whether the person was loyal or not to her. Recommend

  • Syed
    Dec 6, 2017 - 12:17PM

    Need to hear other side of story as well. There’s been a lot of one way traffic in this case. Recommend

  • Such bolta hoon
    Dec 6, 2017 - 12:33PM

    First of all Allah knows best as to what happened between the two.
    I think Mazari shouldn’t be cashing in her past experience and bad mouthing her ex-husband. It may not have been an acrimonious relationship but maturity and wisdom is reflected by keeping such issues to yourself.
    For Khurram Shehzad, understandably it’s not good for his new family and children to know about the past issues even if he was to be blamed completely. He is therefore in his right to file a case to stop her from bad mouthing. I don’t think that money matters too much. Money acts as a deterrent.
    I do believe that both were at fault and both should move on rather than projecting each other as a bad individual.
    Hope they take that advice. Recommend

  • Abid
    Dec 6, 2017 - 3:22PM

    I know this couple personally. Muniba has gone very low by blaming khurram for all her loss. Accidents do happen in life. One cannot start to blame husband for not being careful in driving. Although reality is otherwise. Khurram is a great guy as we were colleagues in Quetta. He took great care of her after her diagnosis of paralysis. He encouraged her to take arts and music so that her attention could be diverted from her disability. He even adopted a baby, so that she could stay happy as she was unable to give birth. He felt responsible for the accident so he tried to find best treatment for her though their was none except a mechanical suit which was available from europe for $80000. He requested PAF to include it in family insurance cover but they refused as it was too costly.
    Meanwhile he took Muniba to TEDX himself on wheel chair for first time. And from there her story as a celebrity started. She was approached by foreign NGOs and their interaction increased. We all know that armed forces officers are not allowed to meet these foreign individuals due nature of their jobs. So Khurram asked her to avoid them. But she realised that she could be having her lucky break away from the mediocre life she had with her husband. And those altercations resulted in their bitter divorce where Khurram was left alone by her and she moved on to become a celibrity, a symbol of hope for women.
    My point of view is just because Khurram cant come on media and give justification, she should not be allowed to come and malign him. Recommend

  • Khalid Javaid
    Dec 6, 2017 - 4:54PM

    @Abid:
    Great service you did by giving the other side of the tale. Men in general are facing lots of domestic harassment & malignant behaviors but keep silent either

    To save their relationship or
    Save themselves excessive, morbid social criticism or
    Sometimes to save their self-image of manly ego & pseudo chivalry.

    The breed called “Men” have grown to be poor victim at the hands of these domestic despots (wives). Recommend

  • Hussain
    Dec 6, 2017 - 4:58PM

    Divorced after seven years of accident and loosing both legs. For seven years they live together. This shows the sincerity and respect from man. Further she divorced him not the husband divorced her. Salute to husband…..Recommend

  • Mirza Zulfiqar Baig
    Dec 6, 2017 - 8:13PM

    When I watched her video, I had thoughts that she was lying; how could he jumped and saved himself.Recommend

  • John
    Dec 6, 2017 - 8:19PM

    @Khalid Javaid:

    Totally Agree with you sir! This needs to be addressed properly by the court of law!Recommend

  • Fatima Imran
    Dec 7, 2017 - 12:01AM

    Well, the point is.. if his husband slept while driving a car.. so how did he still manage to save himself ?Recommend

  • Mood ish
    Dec 7, 2017 - 11:57PM

    Logical point by fatima. Finally the other side of story unfolded by abid. Hint for sensible!!!! Recommend

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