Meesha slams Ali Zafar’s attacks on #MeToo survivors, urges learning consent, accountability

Singer-model Meesha Shafi on Monday slammed the attacks Ali Zafar launched on the #MeToo survivors and her legal team in the July 3 hearing of a defamation case.

In a series of tweets, the famed feminist singer clarified that other women who accused Zafar of sexual harassment or misconduct “did so of their own free will”.

Terming Zafar’s attempts to discredit survivors of sexual trauma as “nothing new”, she wrote: “These attacks and conspiracy theories, albeit very creative, are baseless and going after all the women standing up for women is an entirely predictable age old silencing tactic.”

The musician further expressed her gratitude to her legal team — including women’s rights activist and lawyer Nighat Dad, Ahmad Pansota, Saqib Jillani, and Hina Jilani “for being on the right side of history tirelessly with integrity”.

Shafi noted that it was “extremely underhanded and desperate” to try and malign her lawyers.

The no-holds-barred singer also made a jibe at the so-called conspiracy theories that Zafar so frequently uses to describe the sexual assault allegations made against him by at least half a dozen other women.

“WOW! Conspiracy theories are so creative, if only the same creativity was being channeled in an artist’s work, one wouldn’t have to claim damages over losing work. Pffffft,” she wrote.

The “Mein” singer further bashed misogynists who cry “foreign funding, foreign agenda” whenever brave women decide to speak up about being harassed, violated, humiliated or feeling unsafe. “Get a life!”

Quoting a prominent journalist’s tweet, she wrote: “Together we are stronger.

“Also, pertinent to mention in light of recent attacks on my lawyers and others who are speaking up, this was not a conspiracy!

Shafi, known for being an unapologetic feminist, urged people to help change the country.

“Enough is enough. Get with the program. Learn about consent and accountability. Safe spaces. Freedom of speech. Gender equality and respect!

“Together we can,” she vowed.

Back on Wednesday, Zafar had appeared for a hearing of the Rs1-billion defamation case he had filed under the Defamation Ordinance 2002 against Shafi almost a year ago.

Zafar had tried to reason that although he supported the #MeToo movement, it was being misused against him.