A local court in Lahore has issued bailable arrest warrants for singer Meesha Shafi, comedian Ali Gul Pir, Maham Javaid, Syed Faizan Raza and Haseemuz Zaman Khan in a case of conducting organized campaign on social media against singer Ali Zafar.
According to the details, a petitions filed by the accused in the alleged Ali Zafar harassment case were heard in the district court on January 13, 2022. Judicial Magistrate Ghulam Murtaza Virk of Lahore’s local court issued the written verdict regarding arrest warrants of singer Meesha Shafi and four others
The court termed the plea of five accused including Meesha Shafi and Ali Gul Pir as inexplicable and ordered all the accused to appear at the next hearing with surety bonds of Rs 50,000 before February 8, 2022. During the hearing, the court declared the bail plea of accused Fareeha Ayub as explainable.
“Meesha Shafi and his co-accused filed an exemption from the court hearing. Meesha Shafi, Syed Faizan Raza, Haseem, Maham Javed, and Ali Gul Pir’s exemption has been rejected,” the written verdict said.
The court rejected the pleas of the rest of the accused and issued bailable arrest warrants against them and directed the accused to appear at the next hearing with surety bonds. The court also summoned the lawyers for arguments on the plea of comedian Ali Gul Pir on February 8, 2022, and adjourned the hearing.
Meesha Shafi had filed a bail application in the case on December 21, 2021, while the other accused had also approached the court seeking exemption from attendance.
Singer Ali Zafar has filed a case against other accused including Meesha Shafi and Ali Gul Pir for running a systematic defamation campaign on social media. Zafar had initially filed a case against him for campaigning on social media with the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) in 2018, after which the FIA investigated him for almost two years.
In September, the FIA Cybercrime Wing had registered a case against singer Meesha Shafi, actress Iffat Omar and seven others for their alleged involvement in a vilification campaign against Zafar.
The First Information Report (FIR) had been registered under Section 20 (1) of Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act 2016 and R/W 109 Pakistan Penal Code (PPC). According to FIA, the accused were unable to satisfy the investigators about the allegations levelled against them after which they were booked.