The Federal Investigation Authority (FIA) has found the singer Meesha Shafi guilty of launching a vilification campaign against the singer Ali Zafar and presented the challan to the court.
Although the guilty label by the FIA does not hold any ground since a punishment can only be meted out by the courts, the investigation authority will now have to prove this verdict in the court in front of the opposing counsel.
Responding to the challan presented by the investigative agency, Meesha Shafi’s counsel has said that the reports are contrary to facts.
“The fundamental principle of law is that the investigation agency, FIA, has to prove the case against Meesha Shafi beyond a reasonable doubt during the trial which has yet to happen. We are confident that Ms Shafi and others named in the FIR will not be found guilty by the judicial authorities concerned and courts,” said her counsel in a statement.
The FIA had said that Meesha Shafi along with eight others were found guilty of maligning the reputation of the singer Ali Zafar and said that the evidence has proven these claims as well.
“During the course of investigation so far Meera Shafi alias Meesha Shafi, Iffat Omar, Maham Javaid, Leena Ghani, Haseemus Zaman, Fariha Ayub, Syed Faizan Raza, Humna Raza and Ali Gul Pir have been found guilty in this case as per available oral and documentary evidences. However, the complainant recorded his statement in favour of Hamna Raza to the extent of accepting her apology, thus she is not required in the investigation furthermore,” the FIA challan had noted.
Back in November 2018, Ali Zafar had filed a complaint against Meesha Shadi with the FIA saying that various social media accounts had posted “threats and defamatory material” against him.
He also shared the particulars of the Twitter and Facebook accounts that he ran this campaign to support his claims.
“A Twitter account @nehasaigol1, which posted 3,000 defamatory tweets against me and my family only in one year, [was] created 50 days before Meesha’s allegations of sexual harassment,” Zafar had told the FIA.