Meesha Shafi alleges multiple sexual harassment attempts from Ali Zafar
ISLAMABAD- Meesha Shafi has alleged that musician and actor Ali Zafar subjected her to sexual harassment on more than one occasion.
“Today, I speak up because my conscience does not allow me to be silent anymore,” said Meesha in her statement. “If this can happen to someone like me, an established artist, then it can happen to any young woman hoping to break into the industry and that concerns me gravely.”
She continued: “I have been subjected, on more than one occasion, to sexual harassment of a physical nature at the hands of a colleague from my industry: Ali Zafar.
These incidences did not happen when I was young, or just entering the industry. This happened to me despite the fact that I am an empowered, accomplished woman who is known for speaking her mind! This happened to me as a mother of two children.”
Shafi is a prominent figure in Pakistan’s entertainment industry: she has featured prominently in Coke Studio, in international cinema like *The Reluctant Fundamentalist*, and local drama serials like *Mor Mahal*.
She is a vocal supporter of human rights; she featured in UN Women Pakistan’s recent campaign that aimed to raise awareness about violence against women, and on social media she has also come out in support of the #MeToo movement.