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High Court Reserves Verdict on Meesha Shafi’s Harassment case

The Lahore High Court on Wednesday reserve its judgement on an appeal filed by Meesha Shafi against his fellow singer Ali Zafar.In the appeal, filed in August 2018, Shafi had challenged the Punjab governor’s decision to dismiss her complaint against Zafar whom she has accused of sexual harassment.Justice Shahid Kareem reserved the verdict in the case after hearing final arguments by the counsel of both Shafi and Zafar. No date was announced for the pronouncement of the verdict.

Shafi had initially filed a complaint accusing Zafar of harassment with the provincial mediator, who had rejected it on technical grounds saying that as she and Zafar “did not have an employer-employee relationship”, the case could not be heard in that forum.

Shafi had subsequently approached the LHC to challenge the governor’s decision. Representing Shafi, Barrister Ahmed Pansota and Saqib Jilani told the court that the Punjab governor had dismissed their client’s appeal by upholding the opinion that the mediator’s office was not the appropriate forum to hear such a complaint.

The counsel argued that it was not a prerequisite for two parties to have an employer-employee relationship in a case of sexual harassment, and that the provincial mediator could be approached with a complaint regarding sexual harassment at the workplace.\

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