Meesha Shafi admits submitting false statement in harassment case against Ali Zafar

Web Desk 10:58 PM | 24 Feb, 2023
Meesha Shafi admits submitting false statement in harassment case against Ali Zafar
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LAHORE – Singer Meesha Shafi has admitted that she gave a false statement in the court in the sexual harassment case she filed against fellow singer and actor Ali Zafar a few years ago. 

During cross-examination by Zafar's counsel via video link on Friday, Shafi admitted that she had shared a photo with Zafar on Facebook.

The photo captioned "Tonight we party! Happy Birthday Ayesha Fazli" was submitted by Shafi in the court as evidence of sexual harassment against Zafar.

Initially, Shafi said she could not confirm if she had posted the picture on her Facebook. However, she later admitted posting the photo on Facebook, but said she was uncertain about the caption.

After she was shown the photo in question, Shafi said she would be able to confirm the caption after checking the record. During the proceedings, Shafi’s counsel raised the objection that the Facebook account shown by Zafar’s counsel could not be verified.

Also, Shafi said during the proceedings that she was unable to recall exactly when she told her husband about the alleged sexual harassment. “I told my husband later after the incident of sexual harassment, but I do not remember if it was after the first incident or the second. I did not tell anyone about the second incident for a long time,” she said.

Last year, the Supreme Court (SC) had allowed Shafi's cross-examination via video link.

She stated, "I informed my husband about the harassment after the incident, but I can't recall if it was after the first or the second incident. I refrained from disclosing the second incident for a long period."

The court ruled that modern technology such as video conferencing can be employed to record the evidence of a witness who is unable to appear in person in a civil case within the prevailing legal framework.

Back in 2018, Shafi had levelled allegations of sexual harassment against Zafar. On Twitter, the 36-year-old singer and mother of two shared her account of Zafar's misconduct. She said that addressing such issues would help break the culture of silence.

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USD to PKR: Pakistani rupee remains stable against dollar amid ongoing talks with IMF

KARACHI – Pakistani rupee, which is facing blows in the open market, remained stable against the US dollar, in the inter-bank market on Wednesday.

The local currency moved slightly upward during the opening hours of trading in the inter-bank market. Before noon, PKR was hovering around 285.22, with a slight increase of Rs0.13.

As the situation remained under control in the interbank market, the rupee hits a fresh record low in the open market and was selling at 315 per dollar.

In a recent development, the IMF mission chief shared positive news, confirming that talks are underway with Pakistani authorities. The resumption of the IMF programme remains important for the crisis-hit country.

Today's gold rates in Pakistan – May 31 2023

KARACHI - The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 232,300 on Wednesday.The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs199,160.   

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs163,624 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 190,880.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Karachi PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Islamabad PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Peshawar PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Quetta PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Sialkot PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Attock PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Gujranwala PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Jehlum PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Multan PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Bahawalpur PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Gujrat PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Nawabshah PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Chakwal PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Hyderabad PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Nowshehra PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Sargodha PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Faisalabad PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Mirpur PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485


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