Meesha Shafi And Ali Zafar's Band Members Recount Two Different Versions Of The Incident

Pallavi Manoj , 23 Apr 2018
Meesha Shafi and Ali Zafar
Meesha Shafi and Ali Zafar

The sexual harassment accusations against Ali Zafar seem to be getting murkier by the day. While Meesha Shafi recently opened up in an interview about what exactly happened to her. Zafar’s band members have come out in support of him.

In a conversation with Daily Pakistan, Meesha revealed:

The first time it happened, I didn’t react and just left. I told my husband but also asked him to not react; I’m a public figure and so is he (Ali Zafar). My thought process was who I am and who he is and what that’s going to lead to. Being ready to talk was far off because it had just happened. I buried it.

She also said that she was seen as a diva when she tried to avoid him after the incident.

I got booked for a concert. I was jamming with my band in Lahore and the organisers 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.She clarified how photos of both of them taken after the incident were at social gatherings and were done so because it was easier to tell herself to move on. The singer also said she was speaking up now because she was ready for it.

Meesha went on to say she felt like it was hard to keep her silence after she saw women coming out with their stories surrounding the #Metoo movement.

The first and foremost reason is that I’m ready. I have started talking to people and divulging my experience. I’m finding it hard on my conscious to stay silent any longer than this because I’m seeing such brave girls and women speaking up – not just around the world – but here as well. I have to say, by the way, I salute these girls.

She revealed that she feels more empowered after sharing this.

It is liberating, it’s empowering and it’s not the end of the world. I only felt hesitant as long as I hadn’t told anyone. The more people I tell, the more power I feel. I do. That has been my direct experience in the case. I’ve done the thing I feared and I’ve taken the leap of faith. And you know what, it’s okay.

But things didn’t end there. Soon after the article started gaining attention, Ali’s band members Aqsa Ali and Kanza Munir took to social media to give out their side of the story.

Aqsa told her followers that she was shocked that Meesha could lie about something like this when there were so many people present in the room that could prove her wrong.

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So as the stories taking turn every minute regard Ali Zafar, MeeshaShafi &#metoo movement, I think as a musician and a woman I should talk about this issue as I was SHOCKED 😮 right now with this article of Meesha. She said that her conscious doesn’t allow her to say quiet so mine also doesn’t allow me. As I am the part of concert crew, I travel intl and locally with Ali Zafar, and I have seen girls throwing themselves at him and his gentlemanly response to that which is so rare of any rockstar.  balkay we all travel like friends and we work in a very comfy environment. 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 becoz 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 gr8 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. Ali is a genuine person, who treats people around him nicely and has always been a support system for everyone;  Accusing some1 is easy but living with the guilt is difficult. As a woman I felt sad with her rude behaviour 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.

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While Kanza told her version of the story, revealing that whatever interaction between Ali and Meesha took place in front of at least 10 people.

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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. 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!!

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Naila Khan, the Marketing Director of Shaukat Khanum, the agency that organized a tour which Ali was part of to raise funds for a hospital has spoken up as well.

Felt disturbed reading that someone made an accusation about Ali Zafar at the SK fundraiser in Washington. I was there with him all along.

Meesha’s former manager, Fahad Rehman also spoke up telling us that he has known both Ali and Meesha before they became famous.

Fahad Rehman Statement
Source: India Today

Many have accused Meesha of taking to social media to share pictures with Ali many times after the said incident. Moreover, a source revealed that at an after party Meesha asked him why he wasn’t talking to her and ignoring her while in he was in conversation with another model.

In between all the buzz and side picking on Twitter, another Pakistani artiste Momina Mustehsan put out a strong message saying offenders need to acknowledge their crime.

While Ali gave a statement denying all accusations mere hours after Meesha put out the tweet accusing him, he has kept his silence since then.

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