In pictures: A timeline of Ali Zafar and Meesha Shafi's interactions and allegations

Published: April 30, 2018
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LAHORE   / LAHORE  : Following allegations of sexual harassment from Meesha Shafi, Ali Zafar sent a legal notice against the Aya Lariye singer. Denying all claims of inappropriate conduct, he deemed Meesha’s accusations as “baseless.”

From being great friends to worst enemies, their friendship fell apart quite rapidly. Here is a timeline of events, showing the ups and downs in their relationship from 2016 to 2018.

March 2016:

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The Sun Ve Balori singer uploads a picture of herself and the accused on her official Facebook page from what appears to be a party hosted by the latter for his wife, Ayesha Fazli, at their private residence.

March 2016:

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Meesha then posts a picture on her now deactivated official Instagram account with fashion designer Hassan Sheheryar Yasin and Hair Stylist Juju Haider – the picture was taken by Ali as per Meesha Shafi’s caption credit.

July 2016:

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Meesha and Ali attend a private screening of a film

August 2016:

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Meesha posts a picture on her Instagram account featuring the singer along with fashion designers HSY and Kamiar Rokni from Lux Style Awards.

August 2016:

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In the same month, the Lariyan singer also posts a picture on Facebook with the Teefa In Trouble star and Ali Kazmi after meeting up with them in Toronto. 

August 2016:

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Mahmood Rahman, Meesha’s husband is allegedly hired by Ali as his sound engineer for a concert in Toronto.

October 2016:

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Ali and Meesha perform at Hum Style Awards independently. Meesha posts a picture from the rehearsals which also includes Ali.

21 December 2017:

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Meesha attends a jam session at Ali’s residence in advance of a concert they are to perform together. It is allegedly at this jam, according to an interview with Meesha, that a second and final incident of harassment occurred. Details of the first instance of harassment are unknown.

December 23, 2017:

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Meesha performs her concert at an event in Islamabad. Ali performs his concert at the same event independently. They both come together at the end to perform.

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The same night of the concert Meesha tweets and posts a picture from the concert. The tweet has since been deleted.

February 2018:

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The singers both independently attend a private party by a fashion designer in Lahore. Eye witness accounts from those present, who spoke to The Express Tribune, suggest that the two were seen dancing together.

April 19, 2018:

Meesha takes to social medium Twitter to allege that Ali has physically harassed her on multiple occasions.

April 19, 2018:

Ali takes to Twitter to respond to Meesha’s allegations and says he will take her to court.

As the events unfold, many celebs came forward to support either Ali or Meesha.

While some claimed to ahve known the Jhoom singer for decades and believe he is incapable of doing such a thing, many others backed Meesha for calling out fellow colleagues.

April 20, 2018:

Mahira Khan speaks up about how imperative it is to share the stories of sexual harassment.

Arpil 22, 2018:

An avid #MeToo campaginer, who brought the downfall of Hollywood mogul, Harvey Weinstein also applauded Meesha for speaking out.

April 27, 2018:

Sanam Saeed lauds Meesha for her stance.

April 29, 2018:

Pakistani-American actor, Faran Tahir, who has worked beside Robert Downey Jr in Iron Man called Meesha a pioneer and vowed to stand with her.

April 19, 2018:

Celebrity and Ali’s co-star for Teefa in Trouble, Maya Ali comes out in support of the actor with a public statement.

April 20, 2018:

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Meesha’s former manager speaks out

April 20, 2018:

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Film star Resham speak out to television media in support of Ali Zafar

April 20, 2018: A public statement is issued by the head of an NGO for victims of sexual abuse, supported by Ali Zafar:

April 25, 2018:

Meesha’s lawyer confirms she has received a legal notice on account of defamation.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • seemi
    Apr 30, 2018 - 4:50PM

    None of this makes sense. She is definitely onto something. I can smell some nasty plan in this. Recommend

  • irish
    Aug 29, 2018 - 6:14PM

    I have seen that in our society there is often no space for girls and women to realize their rights,why men are in the highest positions as leaders.Recommend

  • Sadaf Kamal
    Aug 29, 2018 - 6:39PM

    It should be a wakeup call for all of us. It has turned a spotlight on workplace misconduct, starting with women. And the main thing is that if a girl is making such a big statement there must be some truth to it …why would she do that when she knows her name is also in this. That’s true statement and I’m with Meesha Shafi.Recommend

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

    Harassment is social issue over the globe but it is pace entirely based on organizational culture where you are working. Indeed, we can’t stop it but we can make some laws and regulations to make things better. Organizational culture of media industry is relaxed and liberal for sexual harassment case of Meesha Shafi. It is cheap and dirty, I am not in favor of Ali ZafarRecommend

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