Pakistani model-singer Meesha Shafi accuses Ali Zafar of sexual harassment

Pakistani Actor-Singer Ali Zafar was accused of sexual harassment on Thursday by Pakistan’s popular model, singer and actress Meesha Shafi.

In a social media post, the 36-year-old said that Zafar harassed her on multiple occasions and that “my conscience does not allow me to be silent anymore.”

“Sharing this because I believe that by speaking out about my own experience of sexual harassment, I will break the culture of silence that permeates through our society. It is not easy to speak out.. but it is harder to stay silent. My conscience will not allow it anymore #MeToo,” tweeted Shafi.

In her statement, the mother-of-two wrote, “As a woman, a public figure and a mother, I have always felt strongly about using my voice to encourage and support our youth who look up to me especially girls, who dream of carving their own path in Pakistan.”

“Despite having a voice, there are some issues that are very difficult to speak about as a woman, especially sexual harassment.”

“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 added, “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.”

However, Zafar has categorically denied Shafi’s allegations.

In a tweet Zafar said:

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