The all time favourite Pakistani singer, model and actor Ali Zafar has denied all claims of harassment lodged by Meesha Shafi against him on Thursday.
Ali in a Tweet said, “I categorically deny any and all claims of harassment lodged against me by Ms Shafi.”
He further said, “I intend to take this through the courts of law and to address this professionally and seriously rather than to lodge any allegations here.”
Earlier today, the singer and actress Meesha Shafi made a shocking revelation by accusing her colleague and singer Ali Zafar of sexual harassment.
Shafi took to her Twitter account and revealed that Ali Zafar sexually harassed her on more than one occasion and she hopes that her experience will empower other women to stand up for themselves and speak about such encounters.
Sharing this because I believe that by speaking out about my own experience of sexual harassment, I will break the culture of silence that permeates through our society. It is not easy to speak out.. but it is harder to stay silent. My conscience will not allow.
She said, “Sharing this because I believe that by speaking out about my own experience of sexual harassment I will break the culture of silence that permeates through our society. It is not easy to speak out.. but it is harder to stay silent. My conscience will not allow it anymore #MeToo.”
Shafi hopes that by sharing her experience, she is “breaking the culture of silence and setting an example for young women in Pakistan to do the same.”
She further said, “I have been subjected, on more than one occasions, to sexual harassment of a physical nature at the hands of a colleague from my industry: Ali Zafar . These incidences did not happen when I was young or just entering the industry. This happened to me despite the fact that I am an empowered, accomplished woman who is known for speaking her mind! This happened to me as a mother of two children!”
However, earlier Ali had refused to make any comments saying he doesn’t want to talk about this issue right now. But later, in a Tweet, he broke his silence in this matter.