The Ali Zafar – Meesha Shafi scandal is the talk of the town. The scandal started after Meesha Shafi accused Ali Zafar of sexual harassment on several occasions over the past few years. Following in Meesha Shafi’s footsteps, blogger Humna Raza, makeup artist Leena Ghani and a former LUMS student Maham also spoke out against Ali Zafar as they were subjected to or witnessed his indecency. However, Zafar has denied all these allegations. The entertainment industry is divided over their support for Ali and Meesha.
Recently Meesha Shafi spoke to Media outlets saying;
I was jamming with my band in Lahore and the organizers insisted that he was trying to get in touch. It started turning into a thing, and I was being seen as difficult or a diva, I got such feelers. I was avoiding him. I was asked to jam, figure out songs, scale and it happened while we were jamming.
In a turn of events, witnesses to this particular jam, spoke up in favor of Ali recounting what exactly had happened that night. Kanza Munir, Zafar’s band mate took to her Instagram account:
I have been working with Ali Zafar on and off since the past 3 years or so and up until now I’ve been quietly observing the current situation because I am no judge of personal character be it Meesha Shafi or Ali Zafar. However, I stand witness to this particular ‘Jam’ late last year that Meesha mentions in her interview with The News. The whole house band along with myself and another fellow female vocalist were present during this session and whatever interaction took place between the two was in front of at least 10 other people. All I can say is that this particular statement that she makes here is rather odd.
She further said;
I have toured with the Ali Zafar band a lot of times and all my trips have been really pleasant and professional and we’ve spent hours jamming together. It would be great if this important movement isn’t taken for granted or misused for personal reasons stealing limelight from real causes. Rest, time will tell!! via Kanza Munir’s Instagram
Another of Ali’s band members, Aqsa Ali, who was also present at the Jam said on her Instagram account;
Today finally Meesha tells us what she says happened to her that Ali harassed her at a jam or did something wrong to her and I cannot stay quiet. I was at this jam session because I sing in Ali’s band and so was her manager and our entire band. I am astonished that she would take a lie to this level which so many of us can prove wrong. We all have pictures, we were there and event manager was there and it was a great jam session. I am a woman and I would never allow wrong to any woman. But come on, it’s a serious matter and we should be really clear on everything rather then putting accusations on people and then saying sorry you cannot question any woman, it’s wrong.
She considered Meesha’s allegations as disrespect to the #Metoo movement and all female musicians too.
Ali is a genuine person, who treats people around him nicely and has always been a support system for everyone; Accusing someone is easy but living with the guilt is difficult. As a woman I felt sad with her rude behavior towards everyone including the band but more I feel bad that she’s causing disrespect to this Intl movement of women and all of us female musicians and hard working women. via Aqsa Ali’s Instagram
Ali Zafar currently plans to take legal action against Meesha Shafi.