Ali Zafar tells 'real story' behind Meesha Shafi's sexual harassment allegations

12:52 AM | 25 Jan, 2023
Ali Zafar tells 'real story' behind Meesha Shafi's sexual harassment allegations
Source: Ali Zafar (Instagram)

For an artist with grandeur like Pakistani singer-turned-actor Ali Zafar's, controversies are part of their life.

Having received the Pride of Performance Award from the Government of Pakistan in 2021 and a Filmfare Award nomination in 2011, Zafar has come a long way.

Despite winning coveted awards, the Jhoom singer's career was marred by sexual harassment allegations levelled by fellow artist Meesha Shafi. Although minute details of the case have remained under the wraps, the Channo singer recently sat down to discuss the matter.   

Shafi had alleged that Zafar harassed her sexually multiple times. Zafar responded with a defamation suite worth Rs1 billion against Shafi for slander under the Defamation Ordinance 2002. He claimed that Shafi had caused a "tremendous damage" to his "reputation, goodwill, livelihood" through "false, slanderous, and defamatory" allegations.

In December 2020, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Cyber Crime Wing found the Dasht-e-Tanhai singer and eight others guilty of running a defamatory drive on social media against the Dear Zindagi actor damaging his reputation.

The Teefa In Trouble actor appeared on The Talk Talk Show with Hassan Choudary where he talked about the allegations and how the situation unfolded.

Zafar stated, “I saw this coming. I told the actual story to my friends and they told me I made a mistake by hiding it from the public. Although I wanted to resolve the matter through court I didn’t know that the judicial system would make me wait for so long to seek justice. I believe sane people have now understood the real matter without me having to explain."

The singer added, "The truth is, I secured a huge contract and soon after, I started receiving threats to quit the project as soon as possible. However, I didn’t back off. Lo and behold, this controversy started making rounds on the internet. I was blackmailed, but I continued, obviously, because these projects are my bread and butter."

The Ae Dil singer further said," That one tweet by Meesha ruined my future projects. It has been 5 years and here I am, still waiting for the verdict which is pending because she [Meesha] does not show up at the court. Everything I have stated is facts, not my opinions." 

Talking about the aftermath of the case, the Julie crooner said, “My losses can’t be stated in words, I lost contracts worth crores, and they've all been documented. For two to three years, I stayed at home because there was no work, but I was grateful. This setback let me appreciate my relationships more than I did before. I am at that point in my life where I love those who have done me wrong." 

On the work front, Zafar's recent singles include Six Pack Abs, Tu Hi Hai, Taarefon Se, Pareshan Kyun Lage Tu, Mere Dildar Sanam and Dil Karey.


Rupee recovers marginally against US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham and Riyal; check forex rates

Pakistani rupee saw marginal improvement against US dollar as it appreciated in the open bank market.

Dollar Rate in Pakistan Today

On Thursday, the US dollar moved up and was being quoted at 285.3 for buying and 288.15 for selling.

Euro moves down to 311 for buying and 314 for selling. British Pound rate stands at 358.5 for buying, and 361.5 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED stands at 78 whereas the Saudi Riyal rate stands at 76.20.

Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 30 November 2023

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 285.3 288.15
Euro EUR 311 314
UK Pound Sterling GBP 358.5 361.5
U.A.E Dirham AED 78 78.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 76.2 77
Australian Dollar AUD 187.2 189
Bahrain Dinar BHD 759.67 767.67
Canadian Dollar CAD 209 211
China Yuan CNY 39.58 39.98
Danish Krone DKK 41.38 41.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.63 36.98
Indian Rupee INR 3.39 3.5
Japanese Yen JPY 1.49 1.56
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 926.7 935.7
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 60.38 60.98
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.44 175.44
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.25 26.55
Omani Riyal OMR 741.26 749.26
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 77.63 78.33
Singapore Dollar SGD 211 213
Swedish Korona SEK 26.93 27.23
Swiss Franc CHF 325.9 328.4
Thai Bhat THB 8.23 8.38

Gold rates in Pakistan increase; Check today’s gold rates 30 November 2023

KARACHI – The gold price continues to climb up in the local market in line of upward trend in international market.

Gold Rates in Pakistan Today - 30 November 2023

On Thursday, the single tola of 24 Karat gold was available at Rs218,600, and the price for 10-gram gold reached Rs187,420.

Meanwhile, the 22 Karat Gold price stands at Rs200,380, 21 karat rate for each tola is Rs191,275 and 18k gold rate hoveres around Rs163,950.

In international market, the price of precious metal hovers around $2,045 per ounce.

Today Gold Rate in Pakistan

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Karachi PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Islamabad PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Peshawar PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Quetta PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Sialkot PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Attock PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Gujranwala PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Jehlum PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Multan PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Bahawalpur PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Gujrat PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Nawabshah PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Chakwal PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Hyderabad PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Nowshehra PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Sargodha PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Faisalabad PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Mirpur PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675


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