Witnesses reveal details about Meesha Shafi-Ali Zafar spat

Published: April 22, 2018
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LAHORE: Pakistan’s entertainment industry has been rocked by allegations against Ali Zafar that he has denied. The scandal has sparked a national conversation about sexual misconduct and promoted others to come forward with few in defense of Meesha Shafi and others in allying with Ali.

Meesha has gone on record saying that the incident took place at Ali’s residence, late last December, when they were jamming for a concert. A number of women have come forward claiming they were present when Ali and Meesha were jamming. They said that the two maintained a very professional relationship while Ali’s nine band members along with his manager, Taha Sadaqat, were also present. Meesha’s manager, Farhan and the event organiser were also amongst the ‘witnesses’.

One of Ali’s band members, Aqsa Ali said, “As a woman and a musician, I have to talk about this issue. Meesha said that her conscience doesn’t allow her to say quiet – so does mine.” She added that she has traveled with the Channo singer and seen girls “throw themselves” at him, but he has always made sure to be friendly and not make anyone uncomfortable.

So as the stories taking turn every minute regard Ali Zafar, MeeshaShafi &#metoo movement, I think as a musician and a woman I should talk about this issue as I was SHOCKED right now with this article of Meesha. She said that her conscious doesn’t allow her to say quiet so mine also doesn’t allow me. As I am the part of concert crew, I travel intl and locally with Ali Zafar, and I have seen girls throwing themselves at him and his gentlemanly response to that which is so rare of any rockstar.  balkay we all travel like friends and we work in a very comfy environment. Today finally Meesha tells us what she says  happened to her that Ali harassed her at a jam or did something wrong to her and I cannot stay quiet. I was at this jam session becoz I sing in Ali’s band and so was her manager and our entire band. I am astonished that she would take a lie to this level which so many of us can prove wrong. We all have pictures, we were there and event manager was there and it was a gr8 jam session. I am a woman and I would never allow wrong to any woman. But come on , it's a serious matter and we should be really clear on everything rather then putting accusations on people and then saying sorry you cannot question any woman it’s wrong. Ali is a genuine person, who treats people around him nicely and has always been a support system for everyone;  Accusing some1 is easy but living with the guilt is difficult. As a woman I felt sad with her rude behaviour towards everyone including the band but more I feel bad that she’s causing disrespect to this Intl movement of women and all of us female musicians and hard working women.

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“At this particular jam session, I was present as a vocalist. So was Farhan and the entire band along with the event organiser. We had a great jam session. As a woman, if I would have felt that there was any sort of misconduct, I would be the first person to take a stand,” explained Aqsa. She also mentioned that everyone jammed for about an hour and Ali and Meesha were not left alone – even for a moment.

Aqsa claimed, “Ali is a genuine person who has always been supportive. Accusing someone is easy but living with the guilt is difficult. I was upset with Meesha’s rude behaviour towards everyone in the band but I feel worse because she is misusing and disrespecting this movement.”

Another band member, Kanza Munir also came forward via Instagram in Ali’s defense. She wrote, “I have been working with Ali for past three years and I stand witness to this particular incident that Meesha has quoted.” Kanza added that there over 10 people present at the jamming session and whatever interaction occurred, was witnessed by everyone who was there. “I have spent hours jamming with Ali on different tours which have been pleasant and professional. It’s important that this movement is not taken for granted or misused for personal reasons, stealing limelight from real cause,” she explained.

Earlier, a Twitter user named Sofi accused Ali Zafar for misconduct during the Shaukat Khanum US tour, stating that the organisers were informed of the incident but they still went ahead with the rest of the shows. However, Naila Khan who was part of the organising committee tweeted, “It is a complete lie because the Washington DC event was the last one in the series. There was no event after that.”

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In an interview, Meesha stated that she shared the stage with Ali only because it was about business and she didn’t want reasons like these to affect work. However, Ali and Meesha were hired to perform separately but their duet performance was optional. Currently, Ali is preparing to sue Meesha for her accusations.

The Express Tribune has reached out to Meesha Shafi for a comment and is awaiting reply.

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Reader Comments (23)

  • javed ali
    Apr 22, 2018 - 4:37PM

    It will be very unusual for a woman to risk her reputation for nothing and that too in a society that gives an advantage to men. More than one women has come forward to it does deserve an investigation.Recommend

  • Zoya Rehman
    Apr 22, 2018 - 6:36PM

    What do you expect to hear from his band members lol.Recommend

  • Mirestan
    Apr 22, 2018 - 7:08PM

    Why women take so long to register their complaint? These women should stop wearing revealing clothes. Follow Iran filim industry, all female wear Hijab. No more revealing clothes for Meesha Shafi especially.No more dress for Mahra Khan, all should wear Salwar Kamiz. do everyone thinks we need a film industry. Just joking.Recommend

  • Sam
    Apr 22, 2018 - 7:28PM

    @Zoya Rehman:
    Ok. But does that automatically mean we are supposed to believe the accuser?Recommend

  • UZI
    Apr 22, 2018 - 7:42PM

    Definitely deserves an investigation, but folks should reserve their judgement before the verdict. Recommend

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Apr 22, 2018 - 8:11PM

    AZ looks decent to me … I doubt this story. Recommend

  • BrainBro
    Apr 22, 2018 - 8:11PM

    My friend is an important producer in the Karachi scene. He’s confirmed that Meesha is a drama queen, who is extremely rude towards everyone; she possibly gets a chance to work with. No one in the industry wants to hire her because of her attitude. According to him; she’s a disingenuous individual.Recommend

  • Abid
    Apr 22, 2018 - 8:35PM

    4 to 5 tears to muster courage but there is no witness despite the fact that whole band was present there…. Meesha may find her fate similar to GulalieRecommend

  • Zaarwer
    Apr 22, 2018 - 8:52PM

    These showbiz women can do anythong

    for money and fame.Recommend

  • Talha Zia
    Apr 22, 2018 - 9:41PM

    @javed ali:
    You are saying cause they are band members they lie as there loyalty can be bought. Same thing can be said about 3,4 girls who are accusing Ali, further who else will defend him other than people who know him or were part of that situation.Recommend

  • Farhan
    Apr 22, 2018 - 9:47PM

    The same people trying to discredit these statements by his team will hypocritically uphold every new accusation on the internet as living proof of Ali Zafar’s guilt.Recommend

  • Alee
    Apr 22, 2018 - 10:03PM

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qsnonQZF6B0

    check this video ppl for new shocking witness confessions,where Witnesses reveal details about Meesha Shafi-Ali Zafar spat..More women accuse Ali Zafar of harassmentRecommend

  • tuq
    Apr 22, 2018 - 10:36PM

    Something happened between these two. Either they should tell us truthfully or stop wasting our time!Recommend

  • Talha Zia
    Apr 22, 2018 - 10:53PM

    @javed ali:
    my friend what unusual, look at gulalai, or reham khan, its been happening, for personal benefits, sone women cross limits. And yes Ali himself wanted this to be investigated, thats why he took a right step and involved court, so an independent investigation can happen.Recommend

  • Sajiya Hussain
    Apr 23, 2018 - 3:41AM

    The women who support Ali Zafar are in love with him or wish they were? Meesha Shafi has no reason to destroy a family man like Ali Zafar so why is she doing it. There is no limit to when a woman feels safe to share her abuse story so to question women and accuse them of inviting bad behavior is very sad!Recommend

  • Malik Tariq
    Apr 23, 2018 - 6:14AM

    Something surely must have transpired to trigger this reaction by Meesha Shah. The unfortunate reality is that such things do happen and people have too often got away with it. Truth must come out. Recommend

  • Anoni
    Apr 23, 2018 - 9:38AM

    A balance prospective should be our guide

    While we must not make exception and deal with heavy hand for such transgression. On the same note we must also establish the authenticity first.

    Innocent until proven guilt should stand.

    but once proven guilty no exception should be made to spare them. They should be made a model for other to see for crossing the limit. Recommend

  • Asif Saeed
    Apr 23, 2018 - 9:53AM

    Well aren’t his band members on his payroll? Recommend

  • Zeeshan Ahmed Khan
    Apr 23, 2018 - 9:56AM

    At this stage Meesha took her reputation on state and same goes to Ali. However one will be prime accused in this situation, Let see the justice Recommend

  • Aqeel
    Apr 23, 2018 - 10:36AM

    Its just an attention seeking gimmick by Meesha Shafi.Recommend

  • Nithin
    Apr 23, 2018 - 3:10PM

    His movie is releasing soon…so one can expect such supporting statements…LOL…hahaha…producers are doing good jobRecommend

  • maheen
    Apr 25, 2018 - 7:48PM

    At this stage Meesha took her reputation on state and same goes to Ali. However one will be prime accused in this situation, Lets see the justice…Recommend

  • Sara Khan
    Aug 30, 2018 - 11:49AM

    There is no smoke without fire. If the girl is making such a big statement there must be some truth to it and why would she do that when she knows her name is also in this. That’s true statement and I’m with Meesha ShafiRecommend

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