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Ali Zafar breaks silence on the Meesha Shafi controversy

04:08 PM | 14 Feb, 2024
Ali Zafar breaks silence on the Meesha Shafi controversy
Source: Ali Zafar (Instagram)

Renowned Pakistani singer, Ali Zafar, recently disclosed that he found himself compelled to seek assistance from an Indian journalist amidst allegations of harassment. The controversy unfolded in April 2018 when fellow singer Meesha Shafi accused Ali Zafar of sexual harassment, alleging that the incidents occurred when she had recently become a mother.

The ensuing legal battle between the two has extended over several years, with the case still awaiting resolution. Notably, Meesha Shafi has since relocated to Canada. Zafar, in response to the accusations, asserted that he had been threatened before making counter-allegations, claiming that Meesha Shafi pursued Canadian citizenship.

In a podcast with Ahmed Ali Butt, he expressed frustration at the media's rush to report against him without understanding his side of the story. He recounted how, on the day of the accusations, his mother was in tears the following day. The repercussions of the allegations impacted not only him but also his family, including his mother, wife, children, and in-laws, who faced hardships as a result. During that challenging time, Zafar felt isolated, with people unwilling to consider his perspective, and treating him as an adversary for years.

The singer suggested that he perceived opposition possibly due to his gender and lamented that the Pakistani media disseminated news without taking a neutral stance. Social media, too, became a platform where he was prematurely declared guilty. Ali Zafar pointed out that he was aware of the reasons behind the accusations from the outset and aimed to unveil the truth through the legal system. However, despite his hopes, the legal proceedings extended for years without the truth emerging, as he continued to emphasize that he had been previously threatened.

Reflecting on this tumultuous period, his mother faced criticism for her son's actions. Towards the end of the interview, he disclosed turning to an Indian journalist affiliated with 'India Today' to present his side of the story, sharing evidence. This move prompted other media outlets to reconsider their perspectives and examine the other side of the narrative.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - Pakistani rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 19 April 2024

Pakistani currency saw minor adjustment against global currencies on April 19, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.4 for buying and 280.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 293 for buying and 296 for selling while British Pound stands at 342.25 for buying, and 345.65 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.2 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 19 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 277.4 280.4
Euro EUR 293 296
UK Pound Sterling GBP 342.25 345.65
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.09 748.09
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.44 38.84
Danish Krone DKK 39.69 40.09
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.53 35.88
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.64 911.64
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.08 58.68
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.22 166.22
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.31 25.61
Omani Riyal OMR 722.87 730.87
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 76.45 77.15
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
Swedish Korona SEK 25.31 25.61
Swiss Franc CHF 305.08 307.58
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.71

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