A local court in Lahore has issued bailable arrest warrants for singers Meesha Shafi and Maham Javed in a case pertaining to running a vilification campaign on social media against fellow singer-cum-actor Ali Zafar.
According to the details, Judicial Magistrate Ghulam Murtaza Virk on Wednesday turned down Meesha Shafi’s application for exemption from personal appearance in a case filed by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) at the request of Ali Zafar. Moreover, the court has directed both suspects to appear on February 19, 2022, after submission of bail bonds worth Rs50,000 each.
It is to be noted that accused Iffat Omar, Syed Faizan Raza, Hazimul Zaman Khan, Fareeha Ayub, Ali Gul Pir and Leena Ghani were present during the court proceedings. During the hearing, accused Meesha Shafi and Maham Javed could not appear before the court, on which the court issued bailable arrest warrants for both of them.
Earlier, Meesha Shafi had not appeared in the hearing held in January last year, on which the court had issued a warrant for her arrest. Now again issuing her warrant, her lawyers were ordered to appear in the next hearing on February 19, 2022, with bail bonds of Rs 50,000.
The court adjourned the hearing and also ordered that if the lawyers of Ali Zafar did not give arguments on the pending petitions till the next hearing, the decision would be taken in the light of the arguments of the prosecutor.
It is to be remembered that Meesha Shafi had filed a bail application in the said case on December 21, 2021 while the other accused had also approached the court regarding exemption from attendance. The court had reserved its decision on December 24, 2021 in the case which is likely to be announced by next month.
Singer Ali Zafar had 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 them for campaigning on social media with the FIA in 2018, after which the investigating agency investigated him for almost two years.
After two years of investigation, the FIA submitted its investigation report to the court in December 2020.
In the report submitted to the court, singer Meesha Shafi, actress Iffat Omar, singer Ali Gul Pir and 9 others were found guilty of running false campaign against Ali Zafar and the court was asked to take action against them under the cybercrime Act.
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