As per the latest developments on the Meesha Shafi, Ali Zafar fiasco, the former's case of sexual harassment has been dismissed by the Punjab Governor. Meesha had filed a complaint to the governor against Ali Zafar, under the Protection Against Harassment of Women at Workplace Act 2010.
Meesha Shafi's legal team had filed a sexual harassment complaint before the provincial ombudsman. The ombudsman can hear cases as per provisions laid out in the Protection Against Harassment of Women in the Workplace Act 2010.
However, Meesha's appeal as per sources was rejected on 11th July citing Meesha's case did not fall under the said act as she wasn't bound by any formal contract not being actual employee at the time the harassment took place.
"The complaint we filed with the ombudsman was rejected on a technical ground," said Meesha's legal counsel Pansota while talking to a leading daily. "According to the ombudsman, Meesha and Zafar did not have an employer-employee relationship."
Meesha's legal counsel challenged the order before the Punjab governor as the governor has the authority to review any decision that is made by the ombudsman. However, the governor also turned down the request and the appeal, maintaining the ombudsman's orders.
Talking about the matter further, Ahmed Pansota, Meesha's legal counsel has claimed that they will be taking the case to a proper authority, the High Court now. "Our plan is to appeal again on a competent forum and hopefully justice will prevail," confirmed Meesha’s lawyer, Ahmed Pansota to a leading daily.
Back in April, Meesha Shafi had accused singer/actor Ali Zafar of sexual harassment. "“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," Meesha said.
Eversince then, the matter has been in the court of law, where Meesha has accused Zafar of harassment and the later has filed a defamation suit against Shafi.