Pakistani Singer Meesha Shafi had failed to produce any witnesses in support of her against Singer Ali Zafar.
The FIA criminal proceedings were launched after suspects(Meesha Shafi and others) failed to present their defense despite being summoned multiple times by the FIA cybercrime wing.
The FIA special court has directed registration of the First Investigation Report (FIR) against the suspects. Shafi, Iffat Omar, Leena Ghani, Fariha Ayub, Maham Javaid, Ali Gul, Haseemuz Zaman Khan, Humna Raza, and Syed Faizan Raza have been charged under section 20 (1) of the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act 2016 and R/W 109-PPC.
Meesha Shafi had last year accused Ali Zafar of sexually harassing her on multiple occasions but Singer Ali Zafar had denied the allegations and filed a defamation suit in which he has said that Shafi had leveled "baseless and unfounded" accusations that have allegedly tarnished his reputation and caused pain to his family.
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 pic.twitter.com/iwex7e1NLZ
— MEESHA SHAFI (@itsmeeshashafi) April 19, 2018
In November 2018, Ali Zafar had filed a complaint with the FIA cybercrime wing, alleging that many social media accounts were posting “threats and defamatory material” against him. He provided details of some Twitter and Facebook accounts to support his claim. He had alleged that many fake accounts had been created to launch a smear campaign against him weeks before Meesha Shafi’s allegation of sexual harassment against him in April 2018. He stated that most of these fake accounts were allegedly connected to Ms. Shafi.
Ali Zafar told FIA that "A twitter account @nehasaigol1, which posted 3,000 defamatory tweets against me and my family only in one year, [was] created 50 days before Meesha’s allegations of sexual harassment,"
Also, Talent manager Rizwan Raees, who had been both Ali Zafar and Meesha’s manager in the past, testified that Meesha had extorted money from beverage company Pepsi. He testified that Zafar was replacing singer Atif Aslam and Shafi had threatened Zafar to stay out of the Pepsi contract or she will have him ousted by posting an allegation of sexual harassment on social media under the internationally recognized #metoo campaign.
Raees further said: “The defendant (Meesha Shafi) then said to convey a message to the plaintiff (Ali Zafar) to step away from Pepsi contracts. Meesha Shafi also mentioned that there were other people ready to come forward if Ali Zafar were to not let go of the Pepsi contract.”
An officer of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) cybercrime wing, who registered an FIR against singer Meesha Shafi, actress Iffat Omer, and seven others were suspended from service.
According to FIA tweet, “Mr. Iqbal has been suspended on the basis of a tweet he made to explain Section 20 of the Prevention of Electronic Media Crimes Act 2016, related to the case against Ms. Shafi and others,”.
They further said the officer in question neither commented, nor gave his opinion, but just tweeted the law and the punishments it carried.