Singer-cum-actor Ali Zafar on Monday claimed that a coordinated campaign was run through fake accounts on social media while he was fighting court battle against fellow celebrity Meesha Shafi’s sexual harassment allegations.
“She (Meesha Shafi) lied and then they (she and her team) skipped court proceedings. This (social media campaign) started when my manager received a threat on Instagram just after the first teaser of my movie (Teefa In Trouble) was released and the person said ‘just wait and watch what we do with Ali Zafar before the movie’s release’ then a number of fake accounts were created for a defamation campaign against me,” Ali Zafar said while speaking during ARY News’ morning show ‘Bakhabar Savera’
This is where it all started.
On 21st February, 2018, In response to a promotional material for ‘Teefa in Trouble’ i was given a threat about this grand plan they had to sabotage the film in particular and Ali Zafar’s career in general. Said profile under inquiry, proof attached pic.twitter.com/eyPLFO0TDy
— Taha Sadaqat (@TahaSadaqat) April 30, 2019
The singer-cum-actor claimed that the most prominent among such accounts was one with the Neha Saigol title which was created 50 days prior to Meesha Shafi’s allegations.
“The first followers of this account (Neha Saigol) were Meesha Shafi’s lawyers Nighat Dad and Meesha’s mother Saba Hamid,” claimed Ali Zafar.
The singer claimed that Nighat Dad, despite being a human rights and cyber crime activist, not only follows this account but retweets it’s tweets.
He announced that he has approached FIA against those social media accounts who are a part of defamation campaign against him and will expose them all.
Earlier, Ali’s wife Ayesha Fazli told ARY News that the most difficult part of her family’s one year struggle to prove Zafar’s innocence was to handle their eight-year-old son as she had to prepare him for the whole episode.
It is pertinent to note here that in April 2018, singer Meesha Shafi, in a post shared on micro-blogging site Twitter, claimed that she had been subjected to sexual harassment “of a physical nature” by Ali Zafar on multiple occasions.
The singer-cum-actress used the hashtag #MeToo to link it with an international movement against sexual harassment and assault.
Ali Zafar has since been fighting an intense court battle while a social media campaign urging everyone to boycott him over these allegations has also been running on social media.