More women say #MeToo for Ali Zafar

Elias Hubbard
April 21, 2018

Pakistani singer and actor Meesha Shafi shocked the world on Thursday with a Twitter post accusing pop star, actor and composer Ali Zafar of sexual harassment on multiple occasions. "I felt it and I KNEW what happened", she revealed on Twitter. Ali had allegedly tried to forcefully tried to kiss her cousin and take her into a restroom with him, she said. She has stood up in support of women speaking up, being involved in the workplace and generally being badass.

Harassment of any form is "not okay", reiterated Mustehsan, adding: "I would want to ask Ali Zafar and all other men one question: do you think you have ever, knowingly or unknowingly, violated a woman in any way or form?"

"Seeing (the original accuser)'s courage it's impossible for me to not speak now, not only in support of her but also to say she's not alone". "I stand by all the women who have had to deal with the inappropriate behaviour of any sort". His behaviour displays a clear lack of respct for women. In most cases, women like myself run from a situation and hope to God you never cross paths again. Hoping his sleazy eyes and hands don t find you again. "Ultimately I am a strong believer that the truth, always prevails". His hands don't run up and down your waist or hold you too tight while you desperately try to wiggle and run.

Soon after Shafi's accusations, Ali "categorically" denied them, claiming that silence wasn't an option when his dignity and self-respect is on the line. I intend to take this through the courts of law and to address this professionally and seriously rather than to lodge any allegations here, contesting personal vendettas on social media and in turn disrespecting the movement, my family, the industry and my fans.

The #MeToo and #Timesup campaigns have gone viral worldwide since assertions of sexual unfortunate behavior by Hollywood maker Harvey Weinstein were published last October, starting a torrential slide of allegations against other capable men.

In spite of the fact that Pakistan's celebrities has remained to a great extent mum on the issue, Osman Khalid Butt and Urwa Hocane have tweeted in help of Shafi.

In August, firebrand opposition leader Imran Khan was also hit with allegations of sexual misconduct by a female lawmaker who accused the famed cricketer of sending obscene text messages and promoting a culture of sexism within his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party.

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