It seems Ali Zafar's sigh of relief in Meesha Shafi controversy was temporary as her legal team has demanded for an public apology from him by sending a legal notice. As per reports in the Pakistani portal The Express Tribune, on Saturday morning, Ali Zafar addressed the media outside Lahore High Court premises, explaining why he hasn’t spoken publicly about the ongoing defamation case that he has filed on Meesha Shafi.

Talking about it Zafar said, Shafi accused him of sexual harassment for personal gains and if that is not the case than she should appear in court and her legal team should delay the proceedings any further. He also answered the speculative questions about Meesha accusing him to get immigration by terming that a possibility--- but also admitting that he can’t speak for her intentions.

However, Meesha on the other hand, has not made a public statement t due to court’s restrictions, but her legal team has finally addressed the matter and now given out a public statement, on her behalf. Nighat Dad, a member of Meesha’s legal team, shared an official statement regarding the dismissal of harassment case.“Ali Zafar, in an attempt to silence Meesha Shafi filed a defamation suit against her. However, the best defence to defamation is truth and as Meesha Shafi has never spoken a false word against Ali Zafar, she cannot be held guilty for any defamation by any court,".

Regarding the Canadian immigration issue, the statement said that Meesha has held the Canadian citizenship card since 2016 and splits her time between Canada and Pakistan. The team also responded to Zafar’s comparison of Malala and Meesha and termed his sentiments ‘shameful.’

The statement further said that ‘attacks’ against Meesha Shafi and other survivors are being perpetrated to silence the issue of sexual harassment. And only for this reason, Meesha is more than committed to follow the due legal process and seek justice. The legal team even suggested a public apology as an option now that Ali Zafar has started ‘ to face consequences of his actions."

After Ali shared his relief on dismissal of case against him on social media with the long post. He started a chain #FaceTheCourtMeeshaShafi on twitter promising to expose Meesha. His wife Ayesha Fazli also came in his support and slammed Meesha and the one who didn't supported Ali in the matter. In her tweet she mentioned, What me, my husband @AliZafarsays and my family have gone through at the hands of such criminal cruelty can never be explained in words. The cyber bullying & betrayal by friend(s) has been a big eye opener. Even if Ali lets it go, I will see through it. #FaceTheCourtMeeshaShafi".

Image Source:- Instagram/ali_zafar/meesha.shafi/bbc
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