LAHORE: On Monday, Meesha Shafi requested to cross-examinate the rest of the case concerning the defamation case through a video link due to her unavailability. According to Shafi, her nine year old daughter has contracted the virus and therefore, she has gone to Canada to look after her daughter.
Ali Zafar’s lawyer has already been notified of Meesha Shafi’s request for a virtual cross-examination related to the defamation lawsuit.
Filed through Advocate Saqib Jillani, the application said that Meesha Shafi and her husband have already recorded their examination-in-chief in 2019 and now they are ready to present themselves for cross-examination.
The petition further states that Meesha Shafi had accused Ali Zafar of sexual harassment. As a response to the prosecution, Ali Zafar filed a defamation lawsuit against Meesha Shafi.
According to the sources, Meesha Shafi recorded her statement in December, 2019 and stayed in Pakistan during an extended visit. However, the incident of Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC) at that time resulted in a strike by lawyers due to which, she was unable to conduct her cross-examination.
In March 2020, Shafi and her husband planned to come to Pakistan for her cross-examination but could not leave Canada on account of the COVID-19 pandemic situation.
The present case was also affected and the defendant’s witness could not record the statement during the entire time.
As for now, the court has requested a response from Ali Zafar’s lawyer over Shafi’s request for cross-examination through a video link and the hearing was postponed until February 7th, 2022.
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