The session court on Saturday issued notice to singer Meesha Shafi for November 29 on an application of actor-cum-singer Ali Zafar requesting to reject a request of singer Meesha Shafi for her cross-examination through a video link as she was going to travel from Canada to Dubai but avoiding her appearance before the court on lame excuses.
Ali Zafar had filed a Rs100 million defamation suit against Shafi for levelling ‘false’ allegations of sexual harassment. He claimed that the allegations tarnished his image in public and his family had been facing agony and pain.
He requested to issue a decree against Shafi and direct her to pay Rs1bn as damages to him.
Ali Zafar in his fresh applicant submitted that the defendant (Shafi) presented a lame excuse of pandemic related restrictions on the air travel to seek permission for her and her husband’s cross examination through a video link. He said that Meesha herself announced on social media that she was travelling to Dubai to perform in a musical concert on November 28.
He also attached a copy of Shafi’s tweet wherein she announced her musical performance in the gulf country to represent Pakistan at the ongoing Dubai Expo 2020. He submitted that now when admittedly Meesha was travelling all the way from Canada for a concert, her application seeking cross- examination through a video link on account of Covid-19 pandemic or travel costs had no justification and was just being made a lame excuse.
Ali Zafar had already shown his willingness to deposit the necessary travel expenses of Meeshas and her husband to travel to Pakistan for the cross-examination. He also requested to hold an early hearing of the defamation suit which was already fixed for Dec 3.
Earlier, the decision on Meeshsa’s application seeking permission to get her and her husband’s cross examination recorded through a video link from Canada was reserved on November 17.